I’m not even sure I can tell you exactly what I did today. I can tell you that it was non-stop and filled with putting out fires with little and big flames. Some flames took a few minutes ranging up to hours long. Which means my schedule for the day is off the rest of the day. I like having a schedule.
Generally, I have a smile on my face regardless of what is thrown my way. Today was a little different. It just started off on the wrong foot and just never seemed to get fully back on track. My smile took a little more effort.
Here are a few of the things that I appreciate everyday, but especially helped me get my smile back today:
First - I have some amazing co-workers! Whether they are calling me to put out a fire, working side by side to manage the fire or just talking through “stuff,” they make these days manageable. They support me, appreciate me and give me that chuckle when I need it the most.
Secondly - I was able to see several former students at our Junior High School this morning (I work in an elementary school). I don’t have a lot of “friends” that come back to see me - I’m not sure kids think it is amazing to have seen the social worker. So, when I get those few who are really excited to see me, it definitely fills my heart with joy.
Third - the kinder friend who was having a tough time, but was able to settle back in to the class activity with help. He is a little peanut. He leaned into me and said “You’re cute” with the biggest smile. How can you not just melt?!? I told him “you’re pretty stinkin’ cute too.” I keep rubbing his back to help refocus back on the teacher.
Lastly - I got to spend a decent amount of time at home after work - not activities to run to today. I purposefully sat, watched television, got groceries and just enjoyed the moment of hearing my kids play with a friend. I didn’t even open my computer except for this. I just decided to not work and enjoy the moment. It was amazing!