I work with elementary students who struggle with various behaviors like defiance, disrespect, physical aggression, anger, etc.
When we are walking to my office, I will often say, "Whoa, you're on the struggle bus today. Let's see what we can do to get you off the bus by making some better choices."
Well, today, I was on the struggle bus.
It started with a rough night's sleep. I woke up at 2:30 a.m. and pretty much just stayed up. After I took my shower this morning, I couldn't figure out what to wear. I just kept staring at the closet of clothes without a clue.
My husband looked at me and just knew. I was definitely on the struggle bus.
I was pretty much on it all day, and I'm thankful that I didn't have any students who joined me. In fact, they made being on the struggle bus more bearable by being problem-solvers.
I worked with a first grader who has a lot of energy by bouncing a stress ball back and forth with him. He simply giggled and he lifted my spirits. Another first grader came down for a reward for positive behavior, and we played tic-tac-toe.
So, yes, there are days that all of us struggle, but that doesn't mean we can't find the silver lining. There is always a silver lining.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.