Last week was a world wind of a week, but in the middle of it all I had the chance to spend a few hours in the company of some great friends and their families.
Each year a teacher from my grade level at school hosts a pool party for our team and our personal children. Over the last couple of years, our team has changed a bit due to retirements and new hirings. This pool party brings everyone back together.
Amazing the wealth of teaching and life experience that sits in and around the pool on these days. Between us we probably represent 300 years of teaching- that’s a lot of children we have impacted over time!
I’ve never had a group of teacher friends quite like this group. We have been through the best and worst times in our lives together. We’ve ushered in new babies and grand babies. We’ve nurtured each other through sickness, loss, and grief. We’ve cared for and buried one of our very own from the team. We don’t hang out together all the time, but we make a point to share “out of school” time throughout the year.
I don’t which came first: life’s demand that we cling to one another or our choice to give freely of ourselves. I suppose the two developed simultaneously. Here’s one thing I am sure of, there is a common bond among this group of folks. There is a support and desire for each to live a life of joy and for none to go through the hard times alone. This comes from within each one of us- this part I know is a choice we make to care for each other and to give of ourselves to each other.
We are not a fairy tale group- there are ups and downs like any family would experience. But, I believe family is the best way to describe us.
Today I count my blessing to be part of this group who has loved me from the day I joined the team.
Let me ask you, “Can you count your life blessed by the team you work with?” I never knew what I was missing until I had this experience. If your answer to that question is “no” some soul searching may be in order. Life is too short and too much time is spent at work, not to count your team as a blessing.
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