Reasons to Smile on a #CelebrateMonday

Did you ever have one of those days?  Or maybe one of those mornings?  I did.  Today.  Monday – of all days!

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, had no time for coffee, felt frustrated that my children (who are usually helpful) did not assist with morning chores and focussed on things that did not matter to me.  They wanted to watch television on an already jam-packed, behind the eightball morning!  We had no time for breakfast (don’t worry – they ate at school), rushed out of the house, returned to the house because we forgot my daughter’s costume for her show at school, and arrived at morning band for my son in the nick of time! Whew!  During this rapid Monday morning madness, I was short-tempered and worried about every little thing that needed to occur.  I was not my joyful self, was short-tempered, and in a bad mood.

Then something amazing happened.  Well…a few amazing things happened.  We pulled up to morning band and as I was rushing to get my kids into school my daughter said to me, “Mom. Don’t worry.  Your day will get better.  Don’t forget to breathe.”  I stopped short for a beat.  My daughter is eight…and is wise beyond her years sometimes.  I walked my children into school, calmer now.  I gave them hugs and kisses and apologized for my rushed, anxious, frustrated behavior.

When I returned to the car, I took a minute to breathe.  I also took time to be present, to reflect, and be mindful. What an amazing sensation!  To let go of tension and to re-focus my energy in a positive way.  Then a few more mini-celebrations occurred…

I had two short errands to run before work. At 7:30 a.m. I pulled into Wal-Mart for a few items we needed at home.  I was greeted with, “good morning”, had an amazingly pleasant and engaging conversation with the cashier, and exited the store with “have a nice day”.  When I stopped for a cup of coffee at Wawa a stranger held the door open for me, another struck up a pleasant conversation about the weather, and still another (complete stranger) complimented me on how nice I looked!  I thought for a moment that I might be having a weird out of body experience.

What I realized was much better than being on another planet or being someone else.  When I took time to be mindful, present, reduce my anxiety, re-focus my energy in a POSITIVE way and to #CelebrateMonday, EVERYTHING changed.  Is it possible that somehow I was able to invite positive energy?  That had I remained on the path I began that my day would have been dramatically different? YES! I believe that we invite positive when we exude positive!

I am so grateful that my day changed because each day we are called to lead, it is a lofty responsibility.  We are responsible to inspire, motivate, and educate.  None of these responsibilities should be taken lightly.  For all of you who wake up on the wrong side of the bed, remember that life is about choice.  I choose happy!

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Author: karenwoodedu

Karen Wood is the Superintendent of Schools in Barnegat, NJ. With twenty-three years in education, Ms. Wood's career has been spent primarily in administration. She enjoys mentoring novice administrators and being connected to inspirational educators and leaders across the country.

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