365 Days of Gratefulness: Day 4

Because I want to be intentional about expressing my gratitude even when I don’t feel like it…

Day 4: I have no eloquent words today. Mostly that is because I am tired from ministering to students and staff alike on my job. 

Which leads me to my grateful: I am grateful for my job. 

Teaching is hard. Coaching teachers is downright laborious. Pinpointing problems and giving solutions? Totally taxing. But I love what I do because I am touching lives in real time. Every part of me–developed or otherwise–is put to use as I wrestle against the hidden demons that the people around me try to hide.
We are all called to something, and mine is education. I am thankful every day that I made this move, tired though I may be.

(Photo credit: http://www.themodernnomad.com/gratitude/)

3 Comments

  1. I guess every job can burn us out sometimes, even those that give the satisfaction of being able to help people directly. How do you bounce back?

    1. Well, now! I am a self proclaimed introvert and a very routine person, so I have a set of rituals. I try to pray first thing every morning; I am adding reading a scripture to that before I get up. I have set reminders on my phone that go off every few hours that remind me to think or do or say positive things. I do a lot of reflection, and writing helps with that. I take every day for what it is–that day. The Bible says that the evil of this day is sufficient–no need to worry myself about what MIGHT happen tomorrow!

      Finally I realize that it isn’t my job to save the world. I believe that Jesus did that. I am just an ambassador of God’s love. I do not take anything personally anymore. People who are hurting will hurt you–or try. It is all they know to do. So I don’t spend a lot of time being offended.

      1. Oh wow, I like these rituals of yours. It seems like you have a safety net already. Back when I was working I wouldn’t even know I was close to burning out, let alone know what to do about it (except reach for food!). And, I’m an introvert too so going out for fun wasn’t usually the first thing to come to mind.

        I especially like using your phone to remind you to think, say or do positive things 🙂 I think even now as a SAHM I could still use that idea 🙂

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