By SSWAA Staff
Rebecca: Broadway Musicals have always been a big favorite of mine. I love visiting New York City and cramming in as many Broadway shows as possible. I’ve been to a number and so many more that I would love to see. One that I have not seen on Broadway is RENT. However, one of the featured songs from that show has been in my head – Seasons of Love. Some of the lyrics are as follows, “525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes – How do you measure, Measure a Year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.”
The last couple of years have been challenging for individuals, families, communities, schools, School Social Workers, and the list goes on. It has been far too easy, in my mind, to measure the last 2 year in view of disruptions, illness, fears, anxieties, etc. In no way do I want to minimize the turmoil. Yet, a goal for me this year is to keep my eyes on the silver lining. To look for good. I want to be able to capture moments this year, measuring 2022, with smiles, hope, a hand-extended, support given, and compassion and grace realized.
One way I plan to do this in 2022 is by setting boundaries and giving myself – building in space – to rest and refocus. I believe that when we are overwhelmed and overworked, it becomes challenging to see good and have hope. This year I am making a couple of “key appointments” with myself. First, I am going to take some time for exercise. At least 3 days a week, I will have an appointment on my calendar to meet some women at the gym for an exercise class. I will commit to keeping this appointment as a way to honor myself and participate in health/self-care. And secondly, I am setting aside time for reading. I have 4 books picked out to read this year. I am going to schedule time on my calendar to read at least 20 minutes a day to expand my thinking and build space to renew my mind and refocus. Whatever your goals for the new year, I hope that you will join me in making time for self-care. You are worth it!