I am grateful for so many things today. I did not sleep much last night but once I awoke I was ready to go for the day. I was “on” all day at work and the lesson on weather and humidity went well. Everyone was on task and finished with a little time to spare which is unusual in my room. I knew the kids had a test in another class so I gave them time to study if they had finished. To quote a friend, “at the end of the day…” everyone was grateful and no one left with any homework unfinished for my class. A win win day.
I was grateful to lunch with a friend today. Usually she is busy but this week we have eaten together for three days in a row. I am actually joyous for her company. We are good for each other and I appreciate her more than she knows. I try and tell her but I am not sure she believes me. I told her the story of my necklace and it felt good to share my joy. Good friends are special and I am grateful for them always. I had a chat with another teacher after school and hopefully I was of some comfort as that was my intention. Everybody needs to know that they are heard. Today at work I was keenly aware of my necklace and the gratitude I felt for wearing a symbol of my and my mother’s heritage and love.
After school I made it to my appointment with time to spare. I sat in my car and read the last of a book about a topic I was referred to on Friday. The book is by no means light reading and yet I was grateful for a deeper understanding of where my life is right now. The appointment went well and I shared my gratitude and joy for the opportunity of growth.
After work on my way home I listened to a SARK call. That is, whenever it did not cut out due to connection problems. Her calls bring me joy because they are so welcoming and insightful to all involved. I am grateful for my membership in SWW. Upon arriving home I finished listening to the call while dinner was on the BBQ. I am grateful for all the good things in my life.
After the SARK call I had a long conversation with a dear friend. I am grateful for knowing her and for the joy she brings. Sadly at one point I had to end the call as a grandchild needed some emotional support. I am not sad the call ended just that the grandchild was so upset. I am grateful for being a sounding board but so very sad that such distress is going on in the young life. How quickly my emotions had to change. How I wish I could solve the problems and help the hurt. Alas I can only do what I can do to be there.
The focus I have set for myself this year is to find joy. I have been made aware that there is joy in so many things not just in my own feelings of joy. So I know today there was joy in my students having completed all their work. There was pure joy in the dog with the time I spent playing catch with her outside. There was joy in my getting to connect with friends. There was joy when I made it home after the grueling rush hour traffic that I despise. I am grateful for the joy that I can see in myself and others. There is sadness for specific reasons, and I hold that in my heart to pray on.