Early Mornings and Gratefulness

I have already established that I like early mornings, yet one of my challenges with early mornings is that I am wide awake and ready to go!  I am one of those people who is “instant awake” with no help needed from any caffeinated product.  As a result, it is sometimes difficult for me to just sit and be still.  This morning, I am forcing myself to do just that.  Sitting here by the fire on a quiet and dark morning with the rain gently falling, I am reflecting on a week that was busy, but highly satisfying.

Today marks 10 months into this journey called retirement.  So far so good.  Actually better than good.

This past week, I played a very small, but very satisfying role in helping my TA land a job in my old team at Wells Fargo.  He called me right after he got the offer, and I was probably just as excited as he was.  It is a really rewarding experience to be able to help out young people and I see now why teachers feel such a great sense of purpose and satisfaction in making a difference in their lives.

This week also marked the first time a parent of a student attended my class.  The student is from out of state,  his Dad was flying in this week to watch him play hockey this weekend, and he was wondering if he could attend class on Friday.  According to the student, I was the only class he asked his Dad to join him in.  This was also a great feeling and validation of sorts that God has me in the right place doing things that make a difference.

The week also marked conference calls or events/meetings in all 4 of my non-teaching activities – two for-profit boards, one non-profit board, and the cancer support group I lead.

And to top it off, I got to spend time with my Dad, taking him to the fitness center and then a fine meal at his favorite cafe where he his kind of like Norm in the TV show Cheers, where everyone knows his name.

This morning, I am grateful for many, many blessings.

Dean

A Boomer In Transition

One thought on “Early Mornings and Gratefulness

  1. And the job on your old team has been even more fun and more fulfilling than I had imagined it would be. Thanks again for all your help and encouragement along the way.
    Also, thanks for following up with the hiring manager multiple times–you proved to be rather persuasive.

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