For today's Random Rambling, I chose from my handy-dandy Blog Post Idea jar and withdrew . . .
As I write this, it's a quarter after five in the morning, and I've yet to consume my morning coffee. My mood is sluggish at best. But does that mean it will be my mood for the day? Of course not.
For the next hour, I will prepare myself to go to my job which consists of teaching one hundred twenty teenagers English Language Arts, a subject that over half of them find useless ("How will picking out verbs in a sentence help me when I'm an adult?" or something similar is a question I frequently hear.). It's safe to assume that my mood will vary from amazed, frustrated, humored, and irritated over the course of the day. Do those adjectives reflect my overall mood? Absolutely not.
Mood is not static; it's dynamic. Circumstances and situations modify it constantly. However, if I were to pick a song that matches the way I feel regardless of how things alter my mood, it would be . . .
I have so many things for which to be thankful: my family, friends, health (my thankfulness for this is even greater after a recent scare), pets, home, job . . . the list could go on and on. It truly doesn't matter what circumstances may briefly alter my mood because through it all, there's this overlapping thought: "What a wonderful world!"
So, I will feel a bit harried this morning, attempting to make it out the door with everything intact. I will laugh when a student shares a hilarious story about his/her weekend and I will smile when a student writes an awesome diamante poem (today's lesson plan). I will shake my head in frustration when I read an email or when a student asks the exact question I just answered for another student. I will smile with gratitude when I return home to my loving husband who will have dinner already prepared so we can enjoy our meal before he leaves for work. I will laugh when my dog greets me with a sloppy kiss on the nose and my cats rub against my feet. Regardless of the many moods or feelings I experience throughout the day, I will think to myself, "What a wonderful world!"