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Dodging a Fly

It was great to see many of you at GCASE Fall Forum yesterday. Thanks to GCASE for providing such a relaxing venue for networking! My experience has been that as special educators, we need a chance to step away periodically and replenish our souls. 

I am betting that some of you are so stressed that you wake up screaming . . . only to realize you weren’t asleep! :-) Good reason to engage in purposeful behaviors to reduce the tension and stress in your work! 

There is a quote by Josh Billings (no, I don’t have a clue who he is either!) that says, “It is the little bits of things that fret and worry us; we can dodge an elephant, but we can’t dodge a fly.” Think about it . . . I bet you know what (or who) the elephants are . . . but what are your flies? By taking care of the little things, we are better able to address the big things. For example, when I moved into my new office here at Region 4 I had boxes everywhere and “stuff” stacked on every surface. I had walked into a position that did not wait for me to catch up . . . meetings, paperwork, more meetings . . . it was a bit overwhelming. The mess of my office made me stressed every time I looked at it. But how could I deal with that, when such BIGGER, MORE IMPORTANT things were looming??? Finally I just took the time (yes, of course some of it was on weekends) but I got my office organized (that buzzing, nagging fly) so that I could function more efficiently and effectively for the important parts of my job. 

I challenge you, this week to identify a fly and SWAT it!!! Take care of something little so that you are less stressed to deal with your elephants. I would love to hear about your successes! (Why do I think I am about to hear about “fly-bys”, “fly-overs”, “fly traps” and even “horseflies”?!?!) 

Have a great “fly-free” weekend.

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