Good News # 1. Okay, today I woke up with the energy that I have been wanting. I haven't been lacking energy really but I just felt good waking up. Every day at school I go through with the kids what will be taking place for the day and try to start the school day out on a positive note. I've hit some obstacles today though. The good news was that I was ready to face the day with loads of energy.
Bad news # 1. We play basketball at a local church. For myself, and a few other guys, this has turned into an awesome opportunity to mentor a couple teenagers. Even if it is just showing them some respect, having a positive relationship, and/or listening to their stories - it pays huge dividends in their lives. On the front page of the newspaper last night were two of the guys that come play basketball regularly with us. They had been arrested for being a part of a theft ring (some 14 diff. reports of stealing). Talk about a downer. These things happen and you move forward from them, but it is never fun going through them. So, that was a bit disheartening.
Bad news # 2. It is now known at the school that I work at that I will not be teaching there next year. I will be going full time at the church that I also work at. That is good news but since I told the school the news - sometimes I feel out of the loop now. It is a wonderful school and I have been very blessed by this school - so if any of you from the school are reading this...you are a blessing to me and my wife. I just feel out of the loop sometimes and that can be frustrating.
Good Day? With all of that being said, how can this still be a good day? I've had ups and downs and it's not even 9:00am. Well, I'm not one to stay in a down mood. To be honest, being upset is boring and takes too much energy. Why wouldn't I rather go work out and use my energy instead of moping around. My ankle is feeling good, I'm going to get a gym workout in today, and will shoot some hoops at the gym too. That is always a mood lifter. Despite the amount of downers and obstacles that jump up and show their ugly face -- I can always think of something that is better. Today will be a good day.