Organized Chaos

I teach.  My subject matter is math.  My students are 7th graders.  I was observed by my principal today.  It was an unannounced visit.  Although I had the typical rush of adrenaline when I realized he was going to “hang out” for awhile, I decided the only thing to do was to be myself and … More Organized Chaos

Spiritual Sobriety

Tonight I heard something I had not heard before… “Serenity is spiritual sobriety.”  This really struck a chord with me.  I realize that when I lose my serenity, it is because I am clinging to some negative thought pattern to which I have become addicted.  When I accept what is, I can experience love, happiness, … More Spiritual Sobriety

Criticism

Today I remembered a reaction I had to a comment someone made to me.  I was hurt because I respected this person AND I knew his criticism was accurate.  His delivery was a bit harsh, but he spoke the truth.  It took me a couple of years to get over it.  I was also fortunate … More Criticism

Home Reflection

I hosted a meeting at 7:30 this morning at my house.  It felt good to have a suitable place to do this.  It hasn’t always been this way.  I have lived in places that were so dilapidated that I would have been embarrassed to host anything.  I have also struggled with clutter in the past, … More Home Reflection

Realization

Realizations occur when something becomes real for me.  Lots of things are becoming real for me these days.  I am learning how to be present and how to alter patterns in my own behavior that don’t serve me.  What is real for me is that I need to care less about how others perceive me, … More Realization

Crash

Today my son crashed his car.  He’s had it roughly a week.  We sat in the ER for several hours, waiting for the radiologist to read the x-rays.  I am grateful that he only had chest and arm contusions.  His car is totaled.  He was upset, but handled it very well.  One of his friends … More Crash

Dada’s Birthday

Today is the birthday of my oldest son, Joshua.  Those who are closest to him call him Dada (dah duh).  My daughter, Alex (18 months younger), couldn’t say Joshua, so she called him “Dah doo uh.” She eventually shortened it to Dada, which he has been called since then.   Dada is 24 today.  He … More Dada’s Birthday

Broken

Today I was thinking about broken things… broken hearts, broken relationships, broken bodies.  My step-father’s body (specifically his heart) is broken.  He had triple bypass surgery today.  I watched him struggling with post operative pain and to breathe.  I was transported back to October of 2011 as I watched my dad leave his body.  His … More Broken

Day 2

So this will be the first time I have submitted a post twice on the same blog… not even on consecutive days!  Tomorrow I officially begin my agreement to post every day.  So I thought it would be nice to go the extra mile and post tonight (before it is actually required).  I was talking … More Day 2