I woke up this morning feeling frustrated, and I hate that, because when I wake up feeling that way, I know that what I’m going to see all day are the frustrations facing me. Because let’s face it, if you’re looking for them, there are frustrations everywhere.
Like today is the first school day of daylight savings time. That means getting out of bed when my body thinks it’s still 5:30. And kids are starting ISTEP today – what crazy person decides middle school kids should take a state mandated test on the first day of daylight savings?? And the kid I’m trying to mentor/parent back on track didn’t show up today, or check in with me about why he wasn’t showing up. I could go on, but I’m sure you get the idea.
So anyway, I’m going on and on about my frustrations when I looked over my shoulder and one of my former students was there. Home on spring break, he stopped in to say hello. And that’s all it took. My day turned around. Suddenly, I was seeing the successes of the day instead of the frustrations. My papers are all graded. All of them! Every last one. Anyone who knows me knows what a big deal that is. A few minutes later another former student showed up – with a Diet Coke and a thank you card. And I remembered that Thursday is the one day all year I get to spend with my dad, just the two of us, watching basketball. And it’s going to be almost 60 degrees today, so there’s that.
Everything really is a matter of perspective. You can focus on the frustrations, or you can focus on the gifts. I’m going to try to focus on the gifts. Because, right now, that McDonald’s Diet Coke cup is for sure half-full!