Looking on the bright side

Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
Don’t grumble, give a whistle
And this’ll help things turn out for the best…

And…always look on the bright side of life…
Always look on the light side of life…

-Eric Idle

I am heading back to work tomorrow after a wonderfully long break. Like many people, the return to work is not something I necessarily look forward to. A life of leisure has much to be said for it. At present, though, there is an added layer of dread as there is a better than good chance I will be moving schools, at least for half my day.

Working in special education has been a wonderful second career for me (the first being fulltime, stay-at-home mom).  There are times, to be sure, when I question my sanity at working in a field that is incredibly undervalued, but when a student “gets it” – whatever “it” is – you tend to move past all that.

Yet, as teaching/educational assistants, we have less control over our day-to-day and yearly assignments than some other education workers. And right now, my future is uncertain. Yes, I signed up for this gig knowing that there is always the possibility of change at anytime during the year. That knowledge has not eased the stress.

So, in the spirit of new beginnings, I am going to try to look on the bright side. Change is good – and my life is more than good.


4 thoughts on “Looking on the bright side

  1. I feel for you, Paula. You are working in a field that is so tough and so necessary, and yet undervalued, and then you don’t have much control and things can change without you wanting them too. I wish you the best in this. And what a nice photo — certainly is the bright side. 🙂


    • Katie – thank you. It was a very long night last night waiting for today. Nothing is settled and may be up in the air for sometime. My mantra around this is and will continue to be: it is what it is. (And life is good.)


  2. Hi Paula
    I hope things settle for you soon. The uncertainty is stressful I am sure…. but you are so upbeat and positive – you will find a way to make it a good thing! Miss you at school (still)…. but glad I can “hang out” with you online through fb and your blog!
    Take care my friend


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