I saw numerous memes on social media yesterday depicting sentiments about going back to work today. It appears that a heavy dose of motivation could have been used this morning as people strive to get back into the work routine following the Christmas holidays. (Motivation may be needed before innovation can kick in.) While some of us may have complained about going back to work, I know of others who are desperately seeking a job who would love going to work today. It helps to keep things in perspective.
Another thing I saw on social media was in regard to teachers. Although our local schools here do not return to the classroom until Monday, January 7, this article made a very good point about the significance of our schools and especially the teachers. Some of the children have difficult circumstances at home. Coming back to the classroom can provide stability, safety, and hope. The teacher, the bus driver, the school receptionist, or the janitor may be the light shining in one child's darkness. Don't underestimate your impact on the world. The challenges of being an educator in today's world are immense. Thank you to all those still willing to take on the task despite the obstacles placed in your way.
It has been a difficult holiday season for many of the first responders throughout the country. For instance, four members (two were children) of one family were murdered in St. Charles, Missouri. Even the most seasoned law enforcement officers and paramedics are impacted by such sights. The ripple effect of violence in our communities is huge. It devastates the families directly impacted, but it carries pain to a much wider group of people in the process. My thanks to all of the first responders as well as the medical personnel in the emergency rooms at the hospitals.
Despite all the bad news out there, the new year fills me with hope. Yes, the government is still dysfunctional and partially shutdown. Our nation is probably more divided now than it has been for decades. The financial markets took a pretty good hit near the end of the year. The abuse scandal continues to rock the Catholic Church. Crime is still prevalent. There are plenty of things in the world to dampen our spirits.
So why do I have hope? I have hope because I also see many good people doing the right things. Each one of us has the potential to positively impact our little corner of the world. Let's get out there and do this!