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This is, in my opinion, a good reason for a mother's workplace to be restricted to home. Through careful planning, my husband and I always ensured that our daughter was home with one of us. During her childhood, neither of us really ever worked full time. While she was an infant and toddler, I only worked on Saturday mornings. As a preschooler, she attended preschool two two hour mornings per week, while I worked. Later, as a school employee, I was always home when she was home. Still, I believe that the stress of the workplace touched my family in a way that was not ideal for us. But, that is the subject for another post...
As I returned to work this year, I contemplated what that "something else", beyond workload, that generated stress, might be. This is what I have come up with:
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One of the really wonderful things about school based employment, is that one is enabled to start fresh yearly. My goal this year is to rise above the grasping for power and control, or at least, to allow it to float by without touching me. After all, it is my job as a Christian to spread the love of Christ, feeble as I am.
Perhaps the Peace Prayer, attributed by legend (although probably not accurately) to St. Francis, is the perfect guide for this endeavor:
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- Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
- Where there is doubt, faith.
- Where there is despair, hope.
- Where there is darkness, light.
- Where there is sadness, joy.
- O Divine Master,
- grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
- to be understood, as to understand;
- to be loved, as to love.
- For it is in giving that we receive.
- It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
- and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.