Today I woke up at 5:10. I fed the dog. I made the coffee. I completed week 3, day 2 of Couch to 5K. I had two cups of coffee, and ate the same breakfast I always have.

Today I will go to work.
Today I will grade papers.
Today I will hold office hours from 11 AM until 1 PM.
Today I will teach from 1:30 PM until 4:15 PM.
Today I will answer student questions about their formal reports.
Today I will tell my students that they may not have an extension on the formal reports, because 6 weeks is enough time.

Today I will email a local politician and ask what I can do to help in my city. It’s not her job to do my “citizen homework,” but maybe she can point me in the right direction. Then, I will contact the Diversity Director in the college where I teach. I will tell him that if any students need a safe place, or a shoulder to cry on, I’m there. I will let him know that I have his back in any new programs he wants to start in the wake of the election.

Today I won’t worry about the stock market, since I don’t completely understand it anyway.
Today I won’t worry about how the stock market may affect how much longer I have a job.
Today I won’t worry about how much closer to we may be to having open carry laws on campus.
Today I won’t think about how many things around my campus are named after KKK leaders, or how much the KKK endorsed the next president.

Today I won’t begrudge others their grief. Everyone deals differently. I like to move into action. Others like to wallow.
Today I won’t get mad at those who say they couldn’t vote for either candidate because it “wasn’t much of a choice.” I may, however, remind them that their privilege is showing.
Today I won’t make light of what others feel.
Today I won’t be flippant on Twitter.
Today I will mostly stay off social media because today self-care is important.

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Today I will come home from work like I always do.
Today I will snuggle my dog.
Today I will get lost in a good book while I sit on the couch with Rosie and Chris.
Today we will make steaks for dinner, and maybe watch a movie.

Today is just a Wednesday, and I will treat it that way.

6 Responses

    1. While I want to reply like Han Solo and say “I know,” I think it’s important on a day like today to say I love you too.

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