Oops! I didn’t write a blog last week. That happens during the holidays I guess! It’s back to work now.
I went through this weird period where after a vacation, I’d be so anxious the day before going back to work. It got really bad at one point. I have my reasons for why I think this happened but all I’ll say now is it was so nice not to have the “Sunday Blues” this go around. You may think “how could it be hard to go back to work at a church? Isn’t it so peaceful?” Well, yes! But it’s still a job and a place of employment. Yeah, the staff here enjoys time off. Who doesn’t, right? But it was very exciting to feel like my normal self as I went back to my office and tackling the week head on.
I’m still reflecting on how thankful I am. Especially as I type this in the comfort of my own home. Sometimes I can write in coffee shops or other areas, and I will do that as it’s part of my job to be working in the community, but there really is nothing like home. I can think the best here, really. Having a job that allows that is really incredible. I think more employers should offer opportunities to do work from home to their employees. Yes, there is always the thought that people will take advantage of that. However, I think, if people are going to take advantage of their time then they’ll do it however they can, whether at the office or at home. When I’ve done my community work for the day and it’s time to do something like this, I actually do it better here (I just have to tell my cat, Caboodle, we’ll catch up later.)
I am thankful for the obvious reasons of having a beautiful, healthy family as well as friends. I have the resources and money I need and I don’t go hungry. There are thousands and thousands of people who are wishing for more. When I say my prayers, I thank God for all that I have and pray for those who wish they could say the same. I wrote about this in my last post but in this season of giving, it’s another reminder of how many people are in need.
Trinity never stops trying to help those people. On Giving Tuesday this week, we raised money for blankets at Wellspring Interfaith Social Services. We raised about $900 which means 90 blankets!
I’ve talked about all the great things Wellspring does. During this time of year, they offer coats to their shoppers. Last time I was there, a family was doing some shopping. They were a family of four and, because not everyone in a family can possibly get a coat, the guideline is a family that size can get two coats. I literally watched a brother and sister decide who could get the coat after they both picked one and their mother already had one. The brother graciously let his sister keep hers. I feel guilty about all the times I argued with my big brother about silly things.
Being thankful in your personal life is one thing. Being thankful in your professional life is another. I feel as if both of those come together as an employee at Trinity. I am able to enjoy the job I do as well as share a love and faith in God with my coworkers. So, Thanksgiving was a wonderful time and coming back to work with no anxiety was pretty much the icing on the cake.
What are you extra thankful for this time of year? What do you think I could do to help those who aren’t feeling like they have much to be gracious about? As happy as I am, we are truly whole together and it’s my job to have stronger connections to our neighbors. Let me know what you think.
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