365 Good Things: Days 4 & 5
A little slip in posting every day caused by exhaustion on Wednesday and falling asleep on the sofa before the kids went to bed! You’ll be pleased to hear they didn’t take advantage and took themselves off to bed at the normal time.
Oh wait, nope - in fact they took total advantage and stayed up watching reruns of Doctor Who until I came to at 9:30. The little so and sos. As far as they were concerned though, they were living their best life.
Anyway, good thing from Wednesday? Somebody told me I’m good to talk to. That actually really pleased me.
I do try to be open and non judgemental with people and I’ve always felt that listening is a good skill of mine - I’m not a big talker and it’s only in the last few years that I’d say I’ve been able to open up to people. And I’m probably still quite closed with people I don’t know very well.
Listening though I’m totally fine with. Want to tell me your secrets? That’s all good with me. I‘ll happily listen and either won’t judge or I’ll try not to - not that I’m a saint and I do like a good debate but I’ve always liked the phrase “different folks, different strokes” because we are all different after all. What works for me isn’t necessarily right for you.
Day 6 good thing? Hmm. It didn’t feel so good today. I was still tired and consequently I was slightly snappy. I was feeling the stress of too many things to do at work again and an off-site meeting felt like too much...but wait! I’m focusing on the GOOD THINGS Jane.
OK, take 2.
Today’s good thing? Hmm. Because of an off-site meeting at the end of my day, I was at home by 4pm. Bloody brilliant. I can’t tell you how good it is to be able to work full time but have a good work-life balance and get home at a decent time.
If you have a long commute to work every day then you’ll probably understand. Back when I lived in Brighton, although I worked in the city centre, it took me a good 40 minutes to get to work every day. And then there was the drive or bus ride to childcare on top. Most days I’d leave my children with someone around 7:30 and not pick them up again til maybe 6pm, to take them home for dinner and bed. That’s it. With housework on top and sometimes work I’d need to get done too, week days were Stressful. With a definite capital S.
I am and will always be thankful that I can now work so close to home now, to maximise both the time I can give to my children and the energy I have for them.
So 2 pretty tough days but when I really think about it, they were both good days.