My past month:
- lost a week of preparations due to two separate trips to the state fair.
- moved our oldest to college.
- lost a friend to college
- another person who’s been in the family circle for years has been given a terminal cancer diagnosis.
- a favorite pet is fading fast.
- an acquaintance has filed for divorce.
Oh, and school started too.
I wrote about this earlier, but there’s been a lot, A LOT, of change that happened. So it’s been all about finding the joy in the little things that have been around me.
- fresh cucumbers. Haven’t had plants grow like this in a long time! I’m learning about how to save the seeds for this variety to see if I can get them to grow next year. Cucumbers cross pollinate, so I’m being a bit more careful with what I plant.
- fresh tomatoes. My tomato plants have started this slow march across my garden, and at this point, there’s not much left that I can do! 🙂 We’ve made one batch of salsa all ready, and will probably have tomatoes for another batch, plus marinara sauce too.
- student laughter: as the school year starts, I love the sound of student laughter. It’s hard not to smile when it happens. It needs to happen more.
- youngest daughter’s smile: she misses her sister like crazy, but she’s also been smiling more lately.
- my wife’s smile: she’s not in class, she’s not stressed with busy work and papers, and it’s nice to see her smiling more too.
Overwhelmed? Just find those little things. As things start to calm down (I hope), they make all the difference in the world. They have for me.
August 30, 2016 at 8:48 am
I am sorry for the very difficult changes you have going on right now. I find that any change in my life can leave me off kilter and my head spinning for a while. I love your way of recording and celebrating the good things. It seems like a wonderful grounding ritual and I’m going to keep that is the forefront of my mind. I hope you have a spectacular school year!
August 30, 2016 at 9:54 pm
Thank you so much for your kind words! As I wrote this morning, it just felt good to see all that is good around me. It brought me back a little bit to that positive place I like to be! 🙂 I hope you have enjoy your day!
August 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm
I love this! I try to do daily gratitude posts on Twitter, and I think taking time to “smell the roses” is so important for our mental health. Thanks for sharing!
August 30, 2016 at 9:53 pm
Hey Katie, I do the same thing! 🙂 I had someone in my PLN tell me they really appreciate the fact I do a positive shout out and it just made my day! I’m so happy that you do the same thing! If you get the chance, come follow me: @AnIowaTeacher
Thank you for coming along and making my day! 🙂
August 30, 2016 at 6:55 pm
Thanks for reminding me to find the joy. It is supposed to be my one little word this year and after a good start, I have fallen ou of the habit. I am glad you are able to notice the joy in your life.
August 30, 2016 at 8:27 pm
It’s those little moments of joy we remember most. It’s even more fun to write them down in a post and come across them months later when looking back.
August 30, 2016 at 9:51 pm
Exactly! To rediscover that post of joy, of happiness, or of something some understanding, that is the gift of blogging. 🙂
August 31, 2016 at 1:29 am
I’ve been listening to Oprah read her “What I Know For Sure” collection and you both strike on the same chord – gratitude and noticing the little things – taking time to cultivate those habits impacts how we see the world. Thanks for a reminder from a ‘real’ person. (Yes, I know Oprah is real, but she lives a life so not like mine!)
September 1, 2016 at 9:04 am
It’s all about seeing beyond the “yuck” in front of you. My students ask me, “Are you ever in a bad mood??” We talk about attitude and how even on the crappiest of days, there are little things we can find that we can use to springboard into a more positive tomorrow. And Oprah is real, just not always that real life like the rest of us! 🙂