Monday, April 11, 2011

Grateful for Opportunities

I'm feeling so blessed right now. 

I've been job-hunting in preparation for our upcoming move to Georgia this summer, and I can't help but feel a little guilty.  I have friends and family who've been out of work for a long time, whose job searches have gone round and round and landed in a dead end.  Wonderful, hard-working, intelligent people, who would make outstanding employees--but opportunities are just slim these days for so many. 

And so, as I set up interviews, and draft pro/con charts to compare job offers, and chart possible work sites on google maps, and read up on super-interesting information that I might be asked at an interview, and meet wonderful possible coworkers who all care so deeply for Georgia's children, I try not to take all of it for granted.  This wonderful career I have.  The amazing opportunities out there for an SLP. 

I'm humbled that I have a career that is so rewarding and continually challenging.  My priest used to say, "onward and upward," about how we just keep learning more and more, and refining ourselves more and more in this life.   He'd say that our journey never ends, it's all "onward and upward."  

And I see that in my career, too.  Onward and upward.  Each experience, each client, each book or article I read, each continuing ed course I take, each child or teacher or parent I learn from, they propel me on as I become a more reflective and careful practitioner.  

Boy, did I ever get lucky in this whole career thing.

I'm grateful, indeed.   

What are you thankful for today?


  1. I disagree on luck's role. I was there when you made the wise decision and chose your career. I can't believe how smart you were to make it, research it, plan for it, train for it, practice it, grow in it, and now excel at it! So you can see, luck doesn't seem to have anything to do with it. You're just plain smart! Maybe THAT is where luck comes in - you were lucky to be smart?

  2. Aww, that's sweet. And yes, being smart is pretty lucky, I think. Genetics are nice that way. :)

  3. Those brains are from your father.....your hard working, dedicated, loyal, intelligent father. My luck was loving him.