I think of this quote often, especially when I succumb to a bout of frustration or negativity as I navigate the politics of the education system. As I sat waiting for my doctor's appointment, I jotted a list of reasons to be thankful:
- I have medical insurance. As much as it's not the preferable experience to be sitting in pain in the doctor's office on the first day of spring break, I could be unemployed and without any insurance, forced to sit and remain in pain and worry.
- It's me, not my kids. As a mother I can handle my own illness and/or pain of any kind much better than that of my kids or other loved ones.
- I am loved. My husband, though I don't write about him much out of pure respect for him and the privacy of our marriage, is a loving and devoted partner. My kids are wonderful and my family a true gift in my life.
- I have meaning. Though I have daily frustrations with a multitude of flaws of our education system, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to change lives each and every day.
- I have expression. I love to write, create, sing, and explore new frontiers of creative expression.
- I am learning balance. Definitely an area that still needs much more work, I am learning how to let myself relax and "do nothing." "Nothing" simply means any activity not on my to-do list!
- I have a curious mind that never stops. Sometimes it's a curse, but mostly I love exploring new ways to bring excitement into kids' lives.