Let me just tell you about the power of positive thinking, the power of counting your stars, adding up your plus ones. Do you know what it equals? It equals love. It equals acceptance. It equals understanding. It equals the catalyst that could change a single second that could transform an attitude that could fix the day that could bleed into the next month that could mend a marriage that could help a neighbor that could better the community that could change this world! How? Just do it. Be it. Feel it. Know it. Listen to it. Live it. Don’t fight it…positive thinking, counting stars, and plus ones! While I don’t want to burden your young, sweet hearts with the aching in this world around us that got me so down this week, I want to leave you with a post script with ‘just a few’ of the plus ones that kept your Mommy out of that dark hole we recently got out of.
I love you little booty shakers,
Your Thankful Mommy
+1 = a special lady at work who happens to enjoy this blog and sees the value in reminding me of my plus ones when I can’t count them myself ( Jenni)
+1 = a great Kindergarten teacher right next door that ‘knows what it’s like’ and has offered any assistance she could possibly give up to me (another special lady named Jennifer)
+1 = a brand new teacher who took time out of HER crazy stressful day just to offer a hug (Molly, I can’t even begin to tell you how well you are doing)
+1 = your teacher, Emily, for not being afraid to discipline a friend and co-teacher’s daughter…I knew she would be a vital part in your growth and maturity this year (Amanda, we love you)
+1 = You, Emily, for being willing to share your lunch (and break the rules) so that your best friend could have food when hers spilled on the floor (friends that share food share germs, too, right Jenny?)
+1 = a new friend and co-worker that has opened her heart to my school babies and to me as we try to navigate this interesting classroom together (Ashley, really, you are a God-send)
+1 = ALL the new and old assistants that are greatly underappreciated, especially during the first few weeks of school
+1 = a principal that can look past the sad, stressed, and worried face and offer up the right words… “The Power of Positive Thinking!”
+1 = an assistant principal that can see past the actual tangible and measurable obstacles teachers face and remember to ask the PERSON that is teaching the children how THEY are doing…and really listen when they explode with the truthful answer!
+1 = your daddy, Scott, for daily check-in texts, special treats, morning routine help, and most importantly for the work he has put into himself so that he can put work into our family
+1 = your Meano and Nana for always knowing when to ask if we need help, giving it AND THEN SOME, and checking back in when everyone else has moved on
+1 = neighbors and friends that openly share ideas and offer help for dietary food obstacles, birthday ideas, parenting advice, homework help, etc….you never know the burden you are taking off of someone just by asking…
+1 = the TLC Staff for making it a point to chase after Nana one night at pick-up just to say that you, Lyla, had a GREAT day!
+1 = students that look at me with unfiltered sincerity, raise their hand, and simply say, “I love you, Mrs. Holbert!”
+1 = a surprise treat on my desk when I arrived at work on a day that I woke up not knowing if I could actually show my face there again
+1 = the friends that know me well enough and have listened to me well enough to know that a Mellow Yellow and a Reese’s was all I needed to face the day’s challenges
+1 = honesty, even when the truth stings. Because when you listen, really listen to the truth, good will ALWAYS come.
+1 = second chances. No matter who or what it’s for.
+1 = one of my BFF took a HUGE leap and began to take a long hard look at her health and what she can do to make her life one of quality. I LOVE YOU, girl!
+1 = the ability to stand up, dust yourself off, and take another stab at it
I CANNOT SAY THANK YOU ENOUGH TO THE STAFF AND FAMILY AT MRE…not just for being tons and tons of my plus ones, but because we are ALL a lot of plus ones to a lot of kids and families and each other, even when we have no idea that’s what we’re doing.