My Favourite Things

In the Sound of Music, melodious Julie Andrews wasted no time at all in sharing with us some of her favourite things, listing among them ‘Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles’. And who are we to disagree?


We indeed have a lot to learn from Julie and her message comes through loud and clear. Be positive and when toxicity comes your way then think of something you like. It’s the simple things in life that most cheer the heart.

Her positive mindset is admirable:

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

When things aren’t quite working out and school stuff is getting on top of you then remember what makes you happy and you’ll soon feel back with it. So sing your own show tune and fill it with your favourite things not just to ‘get through the day’ but to see the bigger picture and enjoy life. The best things in life really are free.

So whether it is hot tea and crumpets, and corn pads for bunions or pre-sharpened pencils and a box of new glue sticks, whatever makes you happy is what counts at the end of the day. For me, it’s time to watch Line of Duty.

Teachers, be more Julie and be grateful for what you have, it’s more than you think. What would be on your list of favourite things? Friends, love and laughter? Let’s hope so. A cup of coffee and dunking some bourbons has to be on there surely?

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