Well, as my diet shifted from Coca-Cola, chocolate, and red velvet cheesecake (it was Valentine's Day!) to antibiotics, water, and cough drops...I remembered this little gem I found on LinkedIn.
This speech, as short as it may be, is truly profound and will serve as a reminder in the days ahead. As passionate as I am about education and my career, the things that matter most in life and that deserve the most attention are family, health and friends. There have been times when I have dedicated far too much time to getting the job done. While the rewards are great, I need to keep my true life focus in perspective. A friend/colleague recently reminded me: "many people care about you, and their care isn't based on what you do. It is based on who are." Humbling words.
I didn't mention Spirit because that one seems to come naturally for me. I was passing a group of our district's maintenance staff workers and one of them commented, "Every time I see you, you always have the biggest smile on your face!" That is the legacy and impression I want to make. But not only at work, I want my family and friends to enjoy that part of me. So when I begin to stress about a day's work or a task that I have at hand, I am going to reflect on this 30-second reminder of those fragile balls that I juggle in the air along with that resilient rubber ball. It is truly a balancing act. In the end, there is a place for them all.