Today was a day of hard work. I am grateful that I know how to function with little sleep. I am in charge of decorating for the social committee birthdays at school. Because I always arrive so early I am happy to do the set up. The theme for January birthdays was the New Year of course. Another staff member made confetti birthday names and had some students cut out giant squares representing confetti. I brought in happy birthday wine glasses I bought from the 99 cent store and filled them with M&Ms. I displayed all the food that was brought in a nice celebratory fashion. I find joy in making the celebration festive. As I was finishing I realized I never removed the Happy Hanukkah Banner from the ceiling. Oh well, I wasn’t about to climb on the counter with it full of food.
I was “on” almost all day. We are working on severe weather and the students have many good questions. It brings me joy when I see the “light bulb” go off for someone. I ended each period with a movie clip on severe weather that I knew the kids would enjoy. While they watched I graded the papers for the day. I am grateful I did not have to bring home any grading this weekend. I will be designing some new lessons on tornadoes and hurricanes this weekend. It actually brings me joy when I make new lessons. I am kind of crazy that way.
Because I am trying to take healthy care of myself I did some laundry and then took a nap. Well, it was a little nap but I am grateful for any sleep right now. I awoke and made myself a small dinner. I caught up with some posts of people I care about. It brings me joy that I have special people in my life. I care about their well being and happiness.
Today is the sabbath. We light candles and remember that we are transitioning from work to a time of rest. Sadly I don’t always light sabbath candles. When I do it makes me joyful. So it is a practice I want to participate in more.
I did some reading then had my wonderful call with Kim. We are working on a book I have never read before. I am enjoying my assignments and taking this path with her. Her calls bring me joy because I know I am working toward a more fulfilling, happy future.
So I am embracing the joy I feel for my friends, my loved ones, my stack of books, my working washing machine, my 195 degree hot chocolate, and my new glasses I should be getting any day so my eyes don’t get so tired.