Neeeearrrrly back in the saddle.
I usually take the fresh opportunity to promise herself that I will indeed start taking proper time for lunch, and that yes, I will start eating breakfast. These Academic New Years resolutions usually last about a week, then I tend to fall back into old ways, just like the January 1 resoluters do.
I take time to set the autumn calendar and chart the course for Sundays, and other things I feel we need to look at during the year. It all feels fresh and hopeful, like a new desk in grade 4, or new binders for foolscap in high school.
This year I'm nearly there. I want to be there and I can feel its just around the corner. But I am surrounded here in my office with new and used tissue, a resilient cough, runny nose, and some remaining muscle pain. This flu is not going gently into that good night.
I promised herself that I would work until it got to be too much, then I'd have a bit of a nap, then get back at it.
I am excited about autumn here though. Hopefully we can see the second staff member position filled sometime soon and that will allow me to return to the things I really can be better at. The thought of that does energize me. Although the thought of the process of getting that staff person in place, is a bit of a chore.
The break allows me to step back and review and take stock and refocus and remember what it is about this gig that I like. So that's what it feels like right now.
And some of the people here are going through tough patches and I want to be available to help and pray and be present for them.
So here we go, starting on a new year here in the field. Wonder what this one will hold.