I had worked in the special education program only a couple of months. Why did it feel like forever? From the outset I knew that the six little boys in the program could be unpredictable and violent, but two elements of the job were unexpectedly difficult: the physical rigors and the unrelenting pace. The combination of both of these elements left me exhausted and stressed-out. I had taken this part-time job as a “step down” from full-time work. But instead of feeling more rested, I was at my wit’s end.
A single woman at retirement age, I should have been slowing down—but I wasn’t. Ever since I was a child, family circumstances had...
The full article is available to subscribers only
Access all articles, daily meditations and readings, as well as special resources, by becoming a subscriber. View subscription options.
Special Offer: Two week free web-only trial subscription. Sign up now.
Existing Print & Web-Only Subscribers: Login for full access.