I’ve been a teacher for a while and I like flattering myself that teaching is my cup of tea. It’s an ongoing life-changing experience where challenges should be seen as opportunities, whereas changes as inevitabilities. Actually, teaching should involve letting a fresh challenge become a refreshing change. And it just dawned on me on a lonely winter evening.
I was in the middle of an elaborate process of choosing the perfect cup of tea which will warm me up. My experience told me to choose the traditional black tea, its strong flavour would immediately lift my spirit. I was arduously studying the long list of different types of tea, weighing which would produce what specific effect.
Then I saw the word ‘lemonade’ and laughed to myself. I thought who on earth would want a lemonade in winter?! It’s cold enough outside to make it even colder. And then, just below lemonade, there was ‘hot lemonade.’ Come on, this is ridiculous, hot sweetened lemon juice, who on earth thought of it?!
I turned to the long list of black teas. That list was my comfort zone. I knew there would be no surprises, just the usual trustworthy cup of tea. However, the idea of making a change gripped me and I couldn’t get rid of it. How can I judge the effectiveness of something if I don’t try it? Why do I have to laugh away an idea without experiencing it?
So I ordered hot lemonade. I went upstairs and sat down at the window. Lviv was still cold and white and my lemonade was hot and yellow. I took the first sip and felt the thrill of novelty. It was unusually refreshing. It was different from the quite tiresome obviousness of black tea. It was sour sweet, it was pleasant with an acid overtone. It was a way of approaching Lviv differently.
I knew that change was something to look forward to. I knew that once the change was embraced there was no way back. I knew that teaching can be a cup of hot lemonade, too. And it’s up to me to add a few mint leaves or not. I just should give it a try. Now I have to continue my active experimentation. Though it’s very difficult, I have to admit.
These are some of my underlying beliefs )))