One of the drawbacks of working in retail is being immersed in the “next season”. While everyone else in Lancaster County (and the rest of ‘Merica) is scurrying to get ready for fall and back to school, I have already started stressing out about getting Divine Consign ready for Christmas. My attention is NOT applied to the “present” crisis of getting ready (or helping others get ready) for back to school. I find this really frustrating because I usually try to practice “living in the now”. When we spend time worrying (what will I do?) or lamenting (what did I forget?) we totally miss what is going on RIGHT NOW. Ironically, RIGHT NOW is the only thing that matters because in truth, it is the only thing we can actually take specific actions to do something about. The past is too late and the future holds a hundred variables you cannot and WILL NOT control. Right NOW however, you can choose to smile and it will happen. Now is where controlling your life is at.
Smile even if it is a faux one because even a faux smile is the beginnings of something genuine.
(Besides, it makes your family wonder what you’re up to. Keeps them on their toes! Ha!)]
The beginning of a new school year brings a lot of anxiety for many. This week I observed many fretting mothers … Will my son like his new teacher? How will I cope with my daughter being away at college? I was sympathetic to each of them (having been there) but I also wished I could help them relax. Your attitude and how you approach a situation sets the tone of how it will play out. In other words ladies… Chill! Everything is going to be okay.
I taught high school in the city for 7 years and it is no coincidence that opening day for Divine Consign was September 1, 2004. It was the supposed to be the first day I would have gone back to school to one of the hardest (yet very, very rewarding) jobs I ever had. Instead, 9/1/2004 was a life changing day and the beginning of one of the hardest (yet very, very rewarding) jobs I’ve ever had. It marks the close of one season and the fresh start of another.
We will be 10 years old this year and I still get a little nervous about what the new school year will bring. But I smile. I smile ‘cause it’s called “life” and I only get one shot at it even when I feel like I’m being thrown under the bus. 😉
This morning I am grateful for:
1. Good neighbors – like the ones that unloaded all the piles of crap out of my garage ten years ago and helped me get the store set up. The shop has always been blessed by the kindness of others. It one of our magical secrets.
2. I’m glad my children made it through school in one piece despite me and are thriving adults doing their own thing and doing it well.
3. I am grateful that I am a curious person. I like to experiment and learn new things. I am a life-long student and I’m glad I’ve been able to recognize this trait and nurture it.
4. I am grateful all the “seasons” I’ve survived and the lessons they brought me.
5. I am grateful that my “family” will be joining me for a dinner outside this evening. It’s a favorite way to enjoy summer and its bounty. Those who can’t make it are in my heart and know I love them.