“Being in Bethany” by Anna Jacob
As a parent, I had been associated with Bethany over several years and could think of no better place for my children to be nurtured. But would I live up to the high benchmarks set by my child’s teachers? Would I be a misfit after a sabbatical from the corporate world?
A thousand questions swarmed my mind and doubts niggled every waking moment as the big day approached. I felt like I was venturing into unchartered waters, when I decided to take the plunge and join Bethany as a teacher. But, after the Teacher’s Orientation, all the trepidation vanished like dew on a bright sunlit morning.
The warm and friendly colleagues, the ever-approachable Headmistress and management made sure every new teacher felt welcome and at home. And before I knew it, here I was looking back over three years that passed by in a whirl of academics and activities and events that filled up our calendar.
A thoughtful gesture, a kind act of encouragement, a word of caution have all played a significant role in shaping me into what I aspire to be at Bethany. There have been highs and lows, there have been times of doubt, worry and anxiety, but with each new morning, there has always been the promise of a better day ahead.
The best gifts that are the ones given unexpectedly- –the warmth of a child’s love, the comfort of lasting friendships that help navigate difficult times, the appreciation of parents, the grace of trust….. –and I savour these moments that have filled my days.
As I look back, I realize that I took a leap of faith and I am glad I found a safe landing place here at Bethany.
And as a new phase begins, I know that Bethany will always be like the favorite book that one reads and re-reads and where meandering thoughts find solace and a safe abode.
Bethany High Sarjapur