In many of the PD sessions I offer, we talk about what fills our cup. This is usually the time I put up a super cute picture of the McIntosh 5 where I say these words...
I love what I do but I live for them.
And it is true. To the core of me. I live for them.
As with all things in life, it is something I can lose sight of when I am not focused on the right things and when I have my priorities out of line.
I could feel the imbalance this week when I was barely lifting my head to acknowledge my family as they entered the room. I am tired. And I know that it shows. But unfortunately, I also know that even amidst the pain and the hurt and the tired, I need to connect with them.
When I saw this quote from Morgan Harper Nichols it was a little bit of a wake up call. It indeed reminded me that when I try and burn too brightly for the things that are NOT for me and this little family of mine, they really aren't right for me in the first place.
What I have learned this week? I need to burn brightly for myself, the people and projects I love and for these ones I live for.
I would rather take from other areas of my life to have the energy to light up for my own bottom hands then to have nothing for them.
"Lighting up is all about the joy you have in connection to another human being. It doesn't have to be big or loud; it can be subtle and quiet..." (Dr. Jody Carrington, Teachers These Days)
Lighting up for them. Not burning too brightly for the stuff not meant for me. That's the name of the game this week.