Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Be A Part of the Solution!

Getting back to work this week has been great. A little hectic- but very successful. It will be even greater on Friday when the first paycheck of the school year is deposited into my bank account. The end of every summer is always quite a financial challenge for us. The summer check that I get in June is usually gone by the end of July. When we are home, we eat more, we go out more in short-we spend more! This year is no exception- we ate a lot, we went out a lot and now there isn't a lot! I could complain! I could blame everybody for eating us out of house and home. We could have stayed in all summer- that would have been boring! Instead, I decided to just work with what we have. So this is the week that I have to get crafty with expenses. I only bought a half a tank of gas (I can now get around until Friday). I disguised leftovers into a new dinner (nobody suspected a thing). I will be bringing my own lunch to work (I raid the change jar each day so I can buy a cup of coffee and a bottle of water). I've got two more days of craftiness until all is well again. Aside from being crafty with finances, I have to say that our first 5 days of school have been very successful. All have been getting up without a fuss- including mom!!! We have all been on time- including mom!!!!
Today's Affirmation Reads: "I release all criticism. I only give out that which I wish to receive in return. My love and acceptance of others is mirrored in me in every moment."
I have approached this new school year with a positive outlook. I have offered my assistance to new teachers and have offered to help in anyway that will help someone's day to run smoother. When some people are quick to criticise or complain, I will stop for a moment, take a deep breath and then help to create solutions rather than spend time and energy complaining and criticising which only adds fuel to fire. One of my favorite sayings reads "If you're not part of the solution then you are part of the problem."
I would love to hear how you work the problem instead of complaining. Help us to all be a part of the solution!


Julieanne Paige said...

Hi Maureen

I was just watching a video that put forward and idea that you mirror an average of the 5 people you most interact with. I believe this to be very true.

As for the thrift... I understand about that too. It is a long summer break and it does cost more than usual... but I'm not taking those shoes back ;)

My fiance has started at a new school this year and the kids have been great... however the staff have been awful to him. It is the first time he has encountered this and we are now deciding what to do about that. He is dealing with their big egos and their insecurities and is difficult for him to comprehend why people would behave in this manner. He is striving to be a part of the solution so I am sure that he will figure out why he has been presented with this.

I will pass this affirmation on to him :)



Small Footprints said...

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Thank you, again, for your positive outlook and grateful attitude.

LITeacher said...

Tell your fiance that the veteran teachers in his school are probably threatened by his newness-All of us are always a little weary of the "new teacher" I know that he will use all of his prior training to get past all of that and to worry only about the ones that he has to teach everyday. Soon they will see that he is wonderful and they will accept him with open arms.