Thanks for Being My Teacher

Tomorrow is the big day. After almost three years since my brain surgery, I am finally going back to work full time. I am nervous about the fatigue that is my companion. Generally, if I don’t meditate in the afternoon, I am dragging and can’t concentrate. I also do much better if I meditate every morning. So I need to squeeze these things into my new schedule, along with tai chi and the weight lifting I recently started doing. I figured out a way to hang a curtain on my office window so I can draw the curtain and meditate in my office. I’ll just put a Do Not Disturb sign on my door. I can do this! Why ? I just want to prove to myself that I can work full time. In addition, I just love working with nursing students. Last week I went to a baby shower for one of my students who graduated in 2008. I don’t usually keep in touch, but she is also a friend of my son, and a wonderful person, so we have kept in touch over the years. When I arrived, another former student was there. It was so fun getting reacquainted and to see where their lives have taken them. It reminded me how rewarding my occupation is. It’s been almost 20 years since I taught them, and they still remember the quick lesson I taught about how to stop negative thoughts (which lead to negative emotions which lead to stress) by using a simple phrase: “Cancel, Cancel.” So I wrote cancel cancel on a diaper. When the baby comes perhaps if she’s feeling down and reaches for that diaper, it will make a difference.  I really love teaching. I come in contact with good, determined, caring people every day. I can’t imagine my life without teaching. I hope I make a difference, because my students definitely make a difference in my life. Like I often tell them, “Thanks for being my teacher.”

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