Back to Work, With a Shift in Focus

Good day, all:

The four-day break was beyond wonderful with my family, and yesterday HG (my 10-yr-old daughter) and I dreaded the return to the grind. But we reminded each other that it’s all in the attitude in which we approach the Monday-morning return…

I’ve always had a challenge in keeping a healthy balance between work and home. As a teacher, I throw myself into my classes and into the clubs I’m involved in. As I head back to school this morning, though, I’m doing my best to remind myself that I can give of myself fully while I’m there, but I can do that in the concentrated time that I’m supposed to be there, and then I should head back home. Too many days after school have I lingered behind, believing that there was just one more thing (or two, or three) that I had to do.

So: Today I’ll leave school by 3:30, beat most of the rush-hour traffic, and return home to my family, where I can resume this wonderful run of days with them.

As I said, it’s all in the attitude. I’ll work hard while I’m there, but I live more fully when I can spend more time at home…

Here’s to a good Monday to everyone…May it be a happy, balanced one!

3 thoughts on “Back to Work, With a Shift in Focus

  1. I tell people I know all the time, enjoy your kids while they are young. They grow far too fast and are gone in the blink of an eye. Now I love having a 30 year old daughter now. It’s fun. But how I miss my little girls and the days we shared their hopes, dreams and fears.


  2. The importance of that kind of balance cannot be overemphasized….it is so very, very important. I try to keep that balance myself and normally don’t have difficulty, but I really lost focus for a few weeks this past month. I’m so glad to be back on track. I really look forward to this time of year as it is one (not the only one) of the times during the year that it feels very natural to reflect on the past year and gear up for positive changes for the next. I hope you have a great Monday and leave on time today!


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