I got a cold on Thursday night. One of those really nasty colds. When I came to work on Friday, I just wanted to make it through the day. I didn't go to the dance on Friday night - which is very rare. Thank goodness for Casey and Cassandra! I knew the dance was in good hands. On Saturday, I woke up deep in the throes of this cold. I promised that I would be part of the painting crew on Saturday morning. Carrie Simmons is the project leader and she had 4 other parents signed up to volunteer for the project. So, I hauled myself out of bed and met them at 9 a.m. at CV. I wasn't enthusiastic. It felt like a chore that I didn't want to do. But, after an hour of being around the painting crew, I found myself changing my attitude. It ceased to be a chore. I was part of a very supportive, effective team. We worked together for the rest of the day and not one person complained or dragged themselves through the task. Maybe they were tired or even sick like I was - but the power of positive action changed their mental attitude. It was a great pleasure to spend my Saturday with these powerful ladies. I found myself shifting my perspective from "me" to "us" very naturally. I noticed how well everybody observed individual needs and took care of each other.
This project was a great opportunity to reflect on the power of teamwork, positive mental attitude and the thrill of accomplishing a task together. We did it! And more importantly, we did it for our students, staff and parents - our community. So, if you are looking for a chance to energize your practice, to make connections with people you may not know well and to make a difference, consider volunteering, partnering with a community organization or joining a team of committed people. Consider joining one of our CV Parent group projects. I guarantee you will leave refreshed and energized. Just being around positive people lightens your load. I still have my nasty cold, but my attitude is healthier!