Floor or Ceiling?

I came from a very frustrating meeting, I was not in a good place. I was rushing to get to an after school group that I am helping out with and I was a tad exhausted. Zipped through Starbucks to grab a coffee only to spill 1/3 of it before I got a chance to take a sip.

This tiny spill was my ceiling, I was instantly at my end.

Someone walking by might think this was the floor, not a big deal. Spilled coffee? Who cares!?

Someone recently told me school is like death by 1,000 paper cuts and this coffee issue made me think of that. What we see is no big deal, it is a HUGE deal to others. We don’t see all that is happening behind them, we just see what is right in our face.

We have three HUGE changes coming to elementary staff starting in April. I need to remember this coffee. I don’t know what I will do different yet.

4 thoughts on “Floor or Ceiling?

  1. Ugh! I hate those days where all the things pile up, making one tiny thing be the last straw. I’m sorry you hit your limit today and I hope tomorrow is better.


  2. Thanks for sharing! I teach several sections of the same class throughout my week and I have to remind myself that the person asking the SAME question at the end of the day deserves the thoughtful response as if it were fresh as the person who asked it in the first class. After a day filled with glitches (inconsistent wifi, students returning after a family vacation and requiring more assistance, etc.), the child who has just returned from the bathroom, demanding an individual “catch up session” is just the person who will break my patience and subsequently strengthen my humility as I request forgiveness. That is actually a practical lesson in what it means to be an adult (is what I tell myself). 🤪


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    I completely understand where you are coming from. I spilled coffee once and it was really frustrating. I try to be mindful of what I am eating and drink, and I have definitely done a better job of it in the past. I also think that we need to be more mindful of how our actions impact others. It is so important to think about the consequences of our actions.


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