The Power of an Open Door

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Admittedly, due to some Issues I’ve been having recently in this thing we call life, I’ve been feeling moody. There’s so many things to be positive about right now, including the release of a collaborative book! (Yikes, I’m a published author now?? Who would have thought.) I’ve let myself wallow for a long time in this space, so I have been reaching out to others for help and support.

A random suggestion from a co-worker yesterday intrigued me. Since we’re in the depths of winter now (it’s currently -5° F at the moment), the air conditioning in our school building is most definitely off. She said, “You should keep your door open now, since the air won’t get out.”

It wasn’t an accusation or chastisement, it was just a simple suggestion.

So today, in a moment when I was feeling particularly defeatist and melancholy, I went to the door, put in the door stop, and started walking back to my desk.

I made it about halfway across the room, and then I heard, “Good morning, Mrs. Pierson!” in a cheery voice, not once, but twice. Two students happened to be walking by my door right after I opened it.

If it had been closed, they probably wouldn’t have thought anything of it.

The power of a simple sentence.

It brightened my day and changed my attitude. These kids (no matter how much pushback I get from some of them), are giving me the chance to make a difference in their lives. That in itself is a daunting task, but I will continue to rise to the challenge. All kids are worth it.

Thanks for reading. Keep a song in your heart. 🙂 <3

P.S. The book I mentioned above is also available as a free eBook.

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