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As we ease into summer break and begin reflecting on the 2012-2013 school year, it's easy to think more about the stress, frustration, and disappointments we experienced than the success stories.
If you're anything like me, you store all of your mistakes (big and small) inside yourself and during those difficult school moments, begin playing them on a loop in your brain.
Then, when you're sufficiently on edge, all of the unexpected crises that pop up throughout the school day become more and more difficult to handle. I am a patient person, but even I need to take significant breathers when this occurs.
For those of you who have yet to join the profession, please don't think I mean to scare you away from, in my opinion, one of the best jobs there is. I am, however, trying to give you the heads-up that may prevent you leaving the field once you're in it. We often have an idealistic view of the helping professions, thinking we can save the world. Well, I still am quite the optimist, but I now know that saving the world shouldn't be my barometer for success. You have to accept the failures to appreciate the little victories. You have to go to work each day knowing that things probably won't go as planned, that a student may make a bad choice, that a co-worker may be struggling and take it out on you, that a parent may believe their child's story over their teacher's and call you to express their anger.
It's easy to let these unexpected events drag you down. Why is this happening to me?
Well, those who are frustrating you may be saying the same thing to themselves. When we're stuck in traffic, we are angry at those in front of us for not moving quickly enough, almost as if we're not part of the problem - "they" are. If we take a step back, we might realize that those cars behind us are probably feeling the same way...about US.
So, watch the video. Remind yourself why you want to be a school counselor. Recognize that kids and adults who act out are probably responding to difficult circumstances. Take a moment to appreciate your success stories, forgive the missteps, and remember..."This is Water."