Those of us who work in colleges and universities have the privilege of seeing students at their very best and we also have the challenge of seeing them at their very worst. While the good stuff makes us smile and affirms the work we do, the really difficult situations can impact us and can have lingering effects on our outlook and our profession.
I am a positive person by nature. When I get angry or upset I feel those emotions intensely but then it passes quickly. I always think there are bigger things in life to be upset about. In order to have a sustained career doing the important work we do we have to come to work every day being emotionally present and in a good state of mind in order to help our staff and students.
With that in mind I started a hashtag on Twitter called #3best about a month ago. My goal was for people to have an opportunity (in 140 characters or less, of course!) to list the three best things about their day. Somedays, this was so easy I could have listed 8 things. On a couple days I really struggled to find three things to mention. But the point is that we need to take stock of the good things because the tough student conduct issues, crises concerns on campus, budget realities and stress of the workday can make you feel like giving up.
I have really enjoyed reading the comments posted by my colleagues and friends each night regarding their #3best. Some examples include:
#3Best: cleaned out my closets (donating lots of clothes); organized our back basement room; found someone to shovel our roof 2morrow! #woot
#3best: Strategic planning mtg where vets are “so excited about process”; fab judicial affairs admin; book started to support spirituality
This has been one of the longest days on record – WOW! #3best: had a breakfast burrito, broke our RA App record by 20%,Gonna get a run in!
#3best @lmc2713 ‘s chili, @KJBeights ‘s buffalo chicken dip and @tinakhorvath ‘s homemade mac and cheese…GREAT showing of Super Bowl food!
So take a few minutes and share the highlights of our day with our Twitter community by using the #3best hashtag. It will help re-focus you on the positive aspects of your life and your job!