Saturday, April 12, 2014
Yesterday I saw a friend of mine that I don't get to see very often. He is very happily retired and traveling the world. He is a fellow teacher, though, and fills in at my school when one of us in our department needs assistance. A colleague was out yesterday and Jim came in to help.
Jim's been concerned about me because I'm going through a lot of changes and we keep in touch almost daily via social media and e-mail. He's very loyal. He hadn't seen me since before Christmas, due to our clashing schedules. Back in early December, I was not in the best shape. I was beyond stressed out at work, in a job that was killing my spirit. I had been eating out/buying carry-out and not exercising. I was frustrated. Now Jim supported me as I resigned from my job (effective at the end of May) and returned to SP.
He didn't tell me he would be in the building so I was ecstatic when I saw him. Big hug, big smiles. What I didn't expect was him pushing me to arms length and in front of a group of my students, just gushing, "OH WOW!! YOU LOOK GREAT!!" I was still jabbering to say how happy I was to see him and he pushes me away again, "You REALLY look great!" A couple of kids said, "Ummm Ms. H, he just complimented you!" I paused and said thank you. Then he said it again.
"Diane, oh my gosh, you look so happy."
I am happy! I just interviewed for a great new job, may move to a much warmer place, and have sorted out many stresses in my life. Now since Christmas I've "only" lost about 9 pounds. While I'm pleased to be down, I'm sure others have done better. But I have been exercising more, sleeping better, journaling and taking care of myself. I'm cooking my own meals, drinking my water. I realized, I AM doing better!! Then I smiled and thanked my friend again.
I think sometimes we dismiss the progress we have made. Sometimes it takes someone we haven't seen in a while or a stranger to put things back into perspective. Honestly, I'm kind of focused on what I have NOT gotten done, instead of what I have. I am so thankful to my friend Jim for the kind compliment but also the gentle reminder. We need to occasionally look around and realize we have ALREADY made some significant changes.
A picture of me yesterday at a our school's ethnic festival with Jordan, one of my freshman. I was smiling like a goof all day.
By the way, my shirt says "pura vida" which is a Costa Rican term that literally means "pure life." It is used to express when something is truly great or awesome. I need to keep wearing that shirt! PURA VIDA!