It is in these moments that we can find true happiness, if we truly desire it. It is in the noticing that we make the choice for happiness - a choice that is always ours, but which we seem to forget is there for the taking.
I am not good at observing the minutia of life, let alone appreciating or celebrating it. So - I am trying. I am inspired by so many other slicers who are able to do so with seeming ease and grace. I want to be like them.
Today - I left our staff meeting with tensions and voices raised - the topic had been test security - so it was not surprising that stress levels were high. I tried to not get sucked in - but was not successful. As I walked up the stairs, I was shaking my head in frustration and anger - aimed at a few staff members who had done or said something to which I had decided to take offense.
Wednesdays are short days at my school - usually this translates to a lighter mood, an easier pace, a momentary relaxation from the daily grind. We love Wednesdays - kids and adults alike. But today I felt both disappointment and frustration that the meeting had "ruined" the day.
I reached my room and didn't even greet my students who so patiently waited for me (again, a choice). I unlocked the door and held it as the kids filed in.
Then - quietly, T. saved the day. T. is a tall, african-american boy - brilliant, always happy, always with a smile, always an eager attitude towards life, school, others. I love T. He brightens my day. And today, he did not fail. As he walked past me, under his breath he sang (as he is wont to do)
"Sing a happy song...." I didn't hear the rest of the words. But, it didn't matter. His simple melody showed me that I had a choice - a choice that T. makes, perhaps unconsciously, everyday - for happiness.
Thank you T. Today, I chose happiness!
Quote of the day: "...the true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details
of daily life..." ~William Morris