Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." - Carl Sandburg
Like the last few posts, I feel like this post won't have too much direction. I promise I'm not doing this on purpose, but to be perfectly honest, I kind of enjoy seeing where my random stream of consciousness takes me. It is kind of rare to just spout off random reflections without a filter or without direction, so sometimes it is good to just let it happen.
As I am starting to get all of my stuff together in my new office, I become more and more aware of how I spend my time. Often, I did not understood as a kid why my dad worked so hard at his job, and then fell asleep right after dinner and didn't spend much time with the family. Although I know he spends much more time with my mom now and still spent plenty of good time with me and my sister, I too kind myself coming home from work, checking emails, having dinner, writing a quick blog post and then falling fast asleep. I know that my time will be spent a lot differently once the students get to Piedmont and I can only hope I can manage all of the attention I need to give the students.
My staff from previous years has made fun of me on how I spent my downtime. In many ways my work also became my life. Now I'm working on creating a bit more of a balance, but I also find the RDs need just as much attention as the students did. Not necessarily the same kind of attention, but more of a guide on how to do things. I was talking to one of my RDs yesterday and we were discussing my role as their supervisor and how it was my job to get them where they need to be in life. I have always preferred to focus on the developmental pieces of the staff, and I wish more professionals used their time in this manner. Although I realize that there are many ways to run a staff, I have found in my experience that one of the easiest ways to get quick results is to give your staff the amount of time that they deserve. Get to know their love language and help pay it forward so that they too may show love in all the work that they do. Anyways that is a good note to end off on. I will see you all tomorrow :)
Question Time: What is your love language? Don't know, take the test here. Personally I like to be loved and show love in return by giving my quality time and offering words of affirmation :)
About the video: This video was released a few days ago, and I really liked the message behind it. When you spend time with individuals you love or feel like they deserve your time, make sure to tell them how much you appreciate them through a compliment. Once they open their ears and hearts to the true meaning of what you are saying, their self esteem will be increased as well as their overall joy in the world. This could be a pretty cool program idea down the road!