Saturday, October 13, 2012


I’ve been gone from my blog for some weeks now; my absence was both intentional and unintentional at the same time.  For the most part, I didn’t blog because I had been busy with work and feeling miserable personally. The start of a new school year is always difficult for me: adjusting to new teaching assignments, new group dynamics, and the inherent stress of starting up a school again for the new year.  In true Sunny Jim fashion, the start of our new school year corresponded with some challenges in my personal life.  As such, in lieu of blogging, I have been spending all of the positive energies I have (real or contrived), for the benefit of my students and our program-- I didn’t have anything left for WordPress?  Really, who wants a perpetually mopey blogger?

Even though I am nowhere near sunshine and roses territory at the moment, I feel like I am on the upswing.  This recent upturn is due in part to some words of advice I received-- look for happiness.  While it seems obvious, to seek out those people and those activities that make you feel happy, it is a task that is often difficult to see through . . . particularly when you are in the depths of despair.  It’s easy to wallow in your own misery, looking for happiness and hope are far more difficult.

I know (intellectually at least) that I am not the only person who struggles to find moments of happiness, so I thought I would devote my return blog post to some of my own bits of happiness, not to brag or to kvetch, but to show that (to paraphrase Camus) “in the depths of winter I found an invincible summer.”

Over the next several days, I write posts about some of the people, places, things, and activities that have brought some sunshine into my life.



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