When I got to work this morning, I was not upbeat and smiling, like I usually try to be. I absolutely hold true that a smiling face will greet a smiling face. (When you give good, you get good back.) But today I am grumpy, and I said it out loud.
And I WAS grumpy, I will tell you the truth. Thinking about all of the work that needed to be done today cast deep shadows over my face. I was certain that I would not have enough time to fit everything in to my work day. And just guess what, I did not have time to fit everything into the school day, or even two hours after my day ended. And that was okay.
Somehow today, I was able to meet with teams of teachers that I LOVE, visit with students that needed someone to talk to, visited with teacher leaders that needed a little sunshine, dined with people that make me laugh everyday, and found just the right book for about 40 kids. Thinking about my people-time made me smile. Yes, I had paperwork to complete and writing samples to evaluate and they are tucked away in my schoolbag waiting on me, and I will be okay with that. Here’s the BIG but (conjunction, not body part), it took me all day to get to this appreciation. It took me until that late last bus arrived and picked up the 30-40 rowdy students at 4:12, talking with my peeps and a 30 minute drive to allow my soul to feel refreshed.
With perfect positivity, I will gladly greet the day, came to mind on my drive back home this evening. Teaching is unpredictable, I might have a bad day, but I will do my best NOT to. Tomorrow when I see my teaching friends, and my friendly students I will smile, and utter nothing about grumpiness, with perfect positivity, I will gladly greet the day…then I will wait and see if that attitude makes a difference.
Or at least I will try to greet the day that way, and if it doesn’t work well, that is perfectly okay too. Giggle giggle….