Teacher, do you ever have those days where everything feels overwhelming?
Students are challenging.
Colleagues are not being very collegial.
Administrators have unrealistic expectations.
Lessons fall flat.
The paperwork seems unending.
Technology didn't work out the way you had planned.
The sum total is a rough, rough day.
I'm sure you never have days like this...
Okay, you probably do. At least, I know I do.
And on those kinds of days, do you feel like knocking down a wall?
Some days--especially those rough, rough days--you just feel like you need to knock the blocks down. But better it's something you have built than knocking down someone else's wall. (That is just being mean.)
Some days you just need the catharsis of building and tearing down.
That's what the Teacher says in Ecclesiastes 3, right? "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens...a time to tear down, and a time to build..."
The playfulness of building and knocking down a stack of blocks might seem trivial, but I think it can help. Being playful, even creative, might be just what you need to lighten up and brighten your spirit.
Take this as your permission to build with blocks--either physically or metaphorically--and have the freedom to build and tear down.
Some days we need to play.