When I first started teaching, a friend told me to start holding on to the positive pieces of paper that came across my desk. Sweet notes from students, emails from parents who appreciated what I was doing with their child, Christmas cards from my Cheerleaders, positive feedback from my Principal- anything that spoke of my worth and value. She said to keep them all together in a file folder so that when I had a hard day I could pull them out, and remind myself why I was a teacher in the first place. I did as she suggested and was refreshed and renewed many times through looking back over these items.
This folder has now been tucked away and is a treasured item, but I have started another version. I have a 'happy drawer'. In it I place sweet cards from friends, photos of special people or occasions, mementos of goals that I have set and achieved,etc....Basically, it's a compilation of reminders of the people, events, and memories that make me happy.
When I've had a difficult day, I can pull out the items in my 'happy drawer' and be renewed. I am reminded of those that I love and that love me. I see pictures of relatives who lived lives that I want to emulate. I am able to hold tangible evidence that I have achieved goals that have been important to me. I am able to read sweet messages that were written to me by people that know me for who I really am, and still love me.
What about you? Do you have a 'happy' drawer? or file? or box? If not, I encourage you to start one! You are loved by many and it's so helpful to collect evidence of that to pull out on days when you begin to doubt it. Here are a few pictures of some of the items I keep in my 'happy' drawer...
Sweet letters from my husband
If you don't have anything to start your 'happy' file with let me know. I'd be thrilled to write you an email or letter that you can put in yours and serve as your starting place.
Thank you to all who read my blog and for the encouraging notes you send. I am so happy when I hear that it has touched you or blessed you. I love each of you!