So let me start out by saying that I teach for a total of six hours a week. So don’t cry for me. Still I guard Sundays with a ferocity that may surprise some. Church is my choice so I go every Sunday with few exceptions. In nicer weather church is preceded by a walk in the park. Afterwards though I try to do as little as possible. Since I teach on Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. some school work is involved. My husband and I usually watch something that we DVR’d earlier in the week and I usually prepare dinner. What I really avoid is anything that causes stress and since I retired from my former career six years ago I have little stress about work.
I know that many of you have family and other responsibilities that occupy your Sundays. Some of you have to work. So your Sunday may be Wednesday. The point is that we all need a day that we can live stress free. It’s the day that we start the clock over and hopefully find that sense of renewal. Church triggers the renewal for me. So press on and enjoy the moments that you have. Tomorrow it starts again!
This was Diane Sawyer’s theme tonight. She did a story about a former police officer who after twenty years on the force is now a stand-up comedian. So if you haven’t heard me say this before I think that the only way to survive the current economic climate is to consider doing something different from what you did in the past.
For years people were telling me that I should teach. A few years ago a life coach that I was working with said that all of her assessments told her that I should be teaching. I thought she was nuts. I was working in the field that I had been trained for and pretty much the only thing I had done as an adult. It wasn’t teaching.
So what am I doing now, teaching at several different colleges as and adjunct instructor. Guess what, I love it!
So think about what you love or are good at and see if you can find a job doing that. You don’t want to do that other thing any more anyway!!
I want to write about real stories of re-invention and renewal. If you have change your life dramatically or know someone who has please write me and let me know so that I can share their story. There is nothing better than teaching by example.
So on Tuesday Mom and I do the grocery shopping. She is still shopping at 95 with little help from me. It’s hasn’t been my favorite activity but I am warming to the task. I decided that with my new goal of getting organized that I would make Tuesday a food prep, kitchen cleaning day. Until further notice I will dedicate the bulk of my day doing prep work for meals for at least two days ( I teach on Wednesday evening). I planned the menu for the next few days, made a marinade for this evenings meat and made a Weight Watchers syrup for peaches for me. I also washed and bagged the produce and cooked veggies for several days. Did I mention that I was up at 7:30 am (good for me) and dusted the floors and furniture. Who knew that organizing could be so helpful.