Players…

For several years…I’ve had a little gadget on my desk…the base is a magnet…and it had ten little metal men…which are clips…that could be arranged in multiple ways…I’m sure it’s meant to be…a…stress reliever…

At first…I kept it over to the side…accessible only to me…and…every so often…but not very…I would play with them…

Until…

One day…I moved it to the other side of the desk…and…very interested children…started to play with it…and…what I noticed was…it kept their attention…as they were waiting for medicine…or a band aid…they were totally mesmerized…by the magnet…and…the ten little men…

And…then…just like the…little Indian song…there were…nine…and…eight…and…seven…

Until…there were…six…

A student recently observed…that someone had been…stealing…my little men…as she played with them…between inhaler puffs…implying that I should do something…to…prevent it from happening…

Thankfully…Bertha…had gone to work with me that day…and…she explained…that…yes…having the little men accessible…put them at risk…but…that when they were out of harm’s way…so to speak…there was…no pleasure…no one enjoyed them…and…that it was worth the risk…of losing them…for all the pleasure they brought…

Her answer seemed to satisfy the student…who returned to class…leaving me to…contemplate…the message…thatBertha…was actually giving me…

And…it came out as this…

Sometimes in life…playing it safe…isn’t playing…at all…

Hmmm…

Jane

Playing Favorites…

Today…is…Friday…and…I’m doing the TGIF dance…looking forward to the weekend…and…all that it will bring…

Two weeks ago…Friday…meant nothing…it was summer break…mostly I didn’t even keep up with the days of the week…they were pretty much equal…but…going back to work…changes all of that…

Monday…and…Friday…become…gatekeepers…to the work week…to the weekend…and…I suddenly know…exactly what day it is…and…quite honestly…Saturday and Sunday…are my favorites…

I felt a little guilty for admitting that…what if my boss sees this post…what if they think I hate my job…what if…what if…what if

Bertha…just laughed at me…reminding me…that…I love my job…and everyone knows it…but…then…she tells me more…she tells me the real reason that I love my time off so much…

She says it’s not that I don’t enjoy my work…it’s just that I need the time off to…play…recharge…fill my tank…so…that I will have plenty to give…come Monday morning…

She further says…that when I am looking forward to…Friday…it’s because…my tank is getting empty…I’m running on fumes…which just means…I need to take a bit more time during the week…to do the things that fill me up…prayer…contemplation…meditation…affirmation…exercise…

And…if I’m dreading…Monday…she says…I just haven’t gotten full on the weekend…so…I’m going in…half-tanked…so to speak…

Hmmm…Bertha…not sure I like that phrase…but…I get the meaning…and…it makes sense…

And…I realize…I haven’t taken…enough time this week…so…I think…I’ll take some now…

Jane