We are almost a year into this pandemic. A year of teaching like no other I’ve experienced in 34 years of being an educator. Some feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel, while others feel much less optimistic. But this situation, like most things in life is actually quite ephemeral in the context of time.
Ephemerality is defined by Wikipedia as:
We often think of ephemerality with aesthetically pleasing things that are only temporary. Like this morning when I woke up to a beautiful sunrise, and within 5 minutes there was no evidence it ever existed.
I’ve had some conversations this week with teachers where we discussed the challenges and hardships of teaching this past year. And though everyone certainly noted the difficulties, every single one found some good in it as well. We wondered how we could hang onto some of those positive aspects and experiences when we move out of crisis teaching? And if we can’t, how can we try to appreciate their ephemerality?
But just because something is ephemeral doesn’t mean it doesn’t influence us. In fact, it’s often the ephemeral aspects of life that bring us greatest appreciation, awe, and joy.
As we move into the next week of school, maybe we could try to notice and appreciate the ephemerality of COVID TEACHING. What lasting effects will this have on us after it is gone? What do we want to bring forward with us? How can it help us cultivate gratitude and grace?