“These are all exciting things!”

My knee jerk reaction was to awkwardly smile and stare back blankly at the screen. But in my mind, something totally different was happening. It was as if I had been running as fast as I possibly could with no finish line in sight… when suddenly my heels skid to a screeching stop.

Exciting. I guess I never looked at it that way. It’s easy to fall into a negative mindset- especially when it’s everywhere you look. On the news, in the hallways, social media posts, in a text message or email. It’s addicting. It’s unsettling when you start to think about it. Am I really THAT negative? Am I like so-and-so?

I could make a list of everything that’s perpetuating my anxiety and depression, but who would that help? It wouldn’t fix those things. It would only bring negative attention to them- fuel the fire.

I suddenly remembered a mindfulness training I attended last year- the instructor was brilliant and said something that stuck with me. He suggested adding “and” after every statement we make about our feelings or statements we make.

I’m in my first year of my teaching career… AND I am doing the best that I can.

I’m looking to buy my first home in a national housing shortage… AND I’m learning a lot along the way.

My observation didn’t go as I planned… AND I’m happy that I was able to get through it by adapting and being flexible.

I’m worried about my students… AND they continue to show me how kind and resilient they are daily.

These things tire me AND they’re exciting.

Slice of LIfe

Part of Slice of Life by Two Writing Teachers March Slice a Day Challenge! I’m slicing every day this month. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. What simple and yet healing, priceless advice from your mindfulness training – yes, AND! I’m going to keep that wisdom at the ready.


  2. I agree totally with the previous commenter- you are amazing! I think so many readers relate to that negativity they (I) feel these days, while we don’t think of ourself as a negative person. Didn’t Michelle Obama famously say earlier in 2020 that she was mildly depressed? So easy to feel that way. I know I do, even though I am completely functioning. But you brought up that wisdom from your teacher and you used it. And shared it. Adding ‘and” is new to me and I intend ot use it.


  3. So many exciting things happening. Exciting can be stressful for sure – and you are dealing with a LOT … and doing it with style! Love the way you use AND here.


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