A few days back, while working on a few different projects in the office, a link to the Student Affairs – The First Years blog came across my Twitter feed. Of the large number of similar tweets that show up daily, I rarely find myself reading very many of them. However, this one caught my eye for two particular reasons. The first – it is a blog dedicated to the experiences of first year professionals in the field of student affairs. Convenient, as I fall into this category. Secondly, the title of the article (“Student Affairs – I Get a Good Feeling”) just seemed different and worth the read.
Upon further reading, it became clear that this was not just a post about good times, but rather a focus on the little things that get the author through the course of an average day. Naturally, I smiled from ear to ear (as I do when in a LEGO store or a when I read the first item in the author’s list. “Tap tap tap…the sounds of the marching band in the fall semester through my office window is a good feeling.” Yeah…I’m kind of a band geek. But I digress…
How often do we just take the time to think about those things? In my particular case, not often enough as of late. There are plenty of things that, for one reason or another, keep me pushing forward and get me though the day. Here’s a few of them:
- Sharing random links with friends and other professionals via various social media networks. Sometimes these are more practical…other times, not so much. I think we all need those at times.
- Watching various DCI, WGI, and general marching band videos when it is time for a break from something else. Especially videos of the groups I’ve been in or taught.
- When students come into the office and have/share “ah-ha!” moments. Always a good feeling.
- Going through old (and recent) photos to re-live some amazing memories.
- Listening to any of the BGSU Dance Marathon line dances.
So, how often do YOU take the time to think about those little things that make you happy?