Let's start by saying that there has been so much talk and worry regarding the new child care budget recently and whilst I completely understand the frustrations, this is not the time to complain, argue, conflict or separate. It is a normal human reaction to be fearful of changes and the unknown but I am here to say;
Stay focused. Keep your eyes on the prize.
I know many of us ECEs and day care owners are feeling disappointment with the new improvements for child care. It feels as if we have been forgotten and pushed to the side in favor of lowering parent fees leaving many ECEs thinking 'What about us?', 'Who is advocating for ECE's?' 'Why doesn't anyone value ECE's?'.
We have longed and wished for our profession to change and improve - but we are forgetting that change does create discomfort. This is what we are all feeling right now, the discomfort of our known safety turning in to the unknown. I have seen many reactions so far but I ask everyone to take a step back and take a birds eye view of what is happening and it may widen your perception.
A stressful situation can create a strong reaction of fear within us and catapult us to make irrational decisions out of worry for our safety. If we feel threatened we default to a fight, flight or freeze response, psychologically we are hard wired for this reaction. Acting form a survival state will only put us in to an individual mindset and thinking of 'What is best for me and my own' and we tend to forget about others.
When we feel feelings of disappointment, frustration, fear or anger we lower our vibrational intentions. These feelings feel dense and difficult to pass through. If we try to make decisions from within these feelings or states we often act from a narrow or closed view point. This view point is usually our own perception projecting how we are feeling in that moment. Our actions and words said carry certain energy and will have an effect on others. This will especially effect others if they are looking to you for support, guidance and stability through difficult times. Reacting to change by complaining or disapproving leads to assumptions and judgements. This cycle will continue to swirl you and the people around you in to a black hole of negativity and fear.
We all need change (ECE's, owners, parents & children) and we all need to ensure we are creating a change that we wish to see so that everyone involved benefits, not just individuals or one group. There is another way for us to choose to act so we can make this time of change beneficial for us all as a whole.
How do we go forward?
We can choose Respect. Being respectful goes a long way.
We can choose to short circuit our fear and lay it aside for the greater good keeping our focus on the end goal - an improved child care system which benefits us all.
We can choose to pause, take a breath, feel our human feelings and choose strength over fear. By choosing strength over fear we can act in respect of all the advocates and government minsters who have dedicated their own time, effort and resources to understand our plight.
We can choose to sit in patience and allow current situations to unfold in their own time without the need to push. We can choose to carefully look at all the facts and feel what is right at this time.
We can choose to voice and express our opinions, concerns and ideas through respectful words and communication.
The world is watching us. How we react to these proposed changes is being watched by the public, parents and government, it is not the time to fall apart or give up. This is what we have been asking for so be ready to be involved in making the change as it will take all of us.
This is the time that change is coming so embrace it and use your voice to shape and guide the change. If you resist change it will only become harder for you. Think of yourself standing in a flowing river trying to stop the flow, all you will achieve is an exhausted body - so let it flow.
2018 is a huge time for energetic change and it feels like things are happening way too fast, almost rushing but there is a window of opportunity and it is NOW. Soon it will be gone so we must choose to change when things are possible or it will be harder to incite change once we missed the chance to.
Change will happen and it will happen because of us - are you ready?
It is time to step up, we are no longer to talk of ourselves as victims. If you really wish for this change to be meaningful you have to do something yourself and not keep looking to others to fight the battles for us while we sit watching from a distance. I am urging ECE's to drop your resistance and join together in creation of a new system. If enough of us speak from the heart, they will listen.
It is time for you as in individual to change from the inside and to grow by standing tall for your passion. Take yourself out of the moment and look at the big picture and note what is happening.
I see ECE's discussing political issues.
I see a government willing to try to improve the child care system.
I see ECE's reaching out to others personally and on social media groups for support and guidance.
I see ECE's coming up with real actionable ideas and ways to put them forward to counter offer any proposals.
Most fantastically I see ECEs making a change and from my perspective this is the most exciting thing!
Keep questioning, keep discussing, keep dialogues open to all opinions and most importantly choose respect.
It may feel like chaos right now in the moment but trust that some beautiful things are happening and it's about time.....
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