As I was sitting at home the other day, due to a rare March snow day, I started thinking… Yes. I know at times that could be dangerous, hahaha. This school year we have an abnormally high number of snow days. It is to the point that my co-workers and I for the most part no longer enjoy, our once precious snow days. If you know anyone who works in education, you maybe thinking that is next to impossible. I am here to tell you that it is definitely possible.
Looking out the window at the falling snow, I began thinking about the fact that I was no longer sure how I should feel about snow or even snow days. I came to two realizations that day. What are these realizations?
These realizations are:
- I could worry and stress over things I cannot control.
- Like whether we miss a certain number of snow days or not this school year. Then we may lose a holiday because the state requires that we spend a certain number of hours in school each year.
2. I could choose to see the things I cannot control in a different way.
- What do I mean by that? I could choose to have a different perspective on this March snow day. You may be wondering what this different view on the snow day is.. For me, it meant I had an extra day work on projects I wanted to get done this week, but I may have put off due to lack of energy after work. I got some extra rest that I wasn’t counting as well, which was a unexpected yet welcome gift.
Which would you choose?
- To be frustrated and held back by situations beyond your control
- Make the decision to view your current circumstances in a different light.
I know what you might be thinking, but Sarah that is easier said than done. Believe me I know. The awesome part is each person has the ability to choose his/her perspective. That’s right, we are not robots that are programmed or told exactly how we are supposed to think/feel. Isn’t that amazing!!! Each person is created with the power to choose.
You may be thinking, ” that’s great, Sarah, but I made some choices I am not proud of”. Well friend that is another amazing truth, “each day you another chance to choose to take a different path or perspective ” (Lamentations 3:22-23, NIV).
Another example comes from yesterday’s blog post. If my and I had decided that I should stay home from camp that first summer. When I got to the platform in that tree, I could have easily chosen to not ride the zip line down. You see it is often small choices that lead to larger decisions. What I am trying to say is take it one step at a time, one situation at a time. Then when the more difficult scenarios arise, it will be a little easier to have a more freeing perspective.