Yesterday was one of those suck-tastic days at work that make it difficult for me to remember why I work where I do. I spent the day in a race against the clock, trying to get more accomplished than was humanly possible. Even as I was occupied with work for one colleague, I had another clamoring for me to do something for them. I barely left my desk for most of the day. I had my head down the entire day, sucking back coffee, silently begging the clock to slow down so I could get more done. My stress levels were through the roof.
I don’t have a lot of days like that at work, but when I do, it’s tempting to start daydreaming about finding work elsewhere.
And then I think about how fortunate I am to have a job that promotes work/life balance. A job that is understanding when I have sick children or am unable to get to work when school is unexpectedly canceled for a storm day. A job that comes with a great medical plan and hands out some pretty sweet corporate gifts. Stress or not, I am pretty fortunate to have what I have, for this stage of my life.
I woke up this morning and thought about how I have a choice. I could let yesterday’s stress spill into today, or I could look at it as a fresh start. Every day we all have that choice…to let circumstances out of our control affect our moods, or keep a positive attitude and count our blessings despite everything else. I can’t control my work load. I can’t control my coworkers.
But I can control me. And I am determined to smile today as I remember everything I have to be happy and grateful for.