And so, after the long hot summer (when exactly did that happen?) it’s back to school for the younger kids and back to work for many of the slightly older kids.
I overheard a conversation this morning between two parents talking about their offspring‘s impending educational resumption. ‘It’ll be great to get them off my hands’ said one; the other agreed adding ‘I’m looking forward to getting back to work for a rest’!
Several things came to mind as I mulled over what I’d just heard
On one hand I wondered how many spouses are relieved in the same way that their ‘other’ half has gone back to work, and on the other hand, just what job did the second person do that would give them time to relax?
It also made me think about the attitudes we ‘choose’ when we return to work after a holiday break – and it IS a choice.
As an experiment, try asking people around you ‘how do they feel about going back to work’ and see if you get an enthusiastic smile or downhearted grimace?
It’s a similar effect if you mention ‘Homework’ to the kids. It’s very rare if they light up with unbridled excitement.
But why should it be like this – both for work and school?
Imagine this scenario – a young person comes home and says to his Dad ‘if I wash your car and tidy my room, could I do an extra hour’s English homework tonight’.
What would be the reaction?
Might be an initial shock, but if it was your child, wouldn’t they be creating a lasting impact on their road to success?
Homework historically (and sadly) tends to have negative connotations which we often re-enforce in our kids.
The phrase ‘You should have seen the amount of homework when I was your age’ comes guiltily to mind!
And when it comes to ‘work’ why do we put that in the in the negative box too? – in effect, we say subconsciously to our brains ‘you’re not going to like this, it’s going to be horrible’, and ‘what about all those emails, missed meetings and catching up you will need to do’.
Straight away, you’re talking yourself into a bad attitude day (even before it starts)
How about choosing a different approach and looking forward to what the new day will bring – I promise you, it’s a choice you can easily make.
Look for the opportunities to meet new people, learn new things, and at the same time, enjoy the journey.
As Paolo Coelo said ‘When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple’.
And if everyone had that attitude, wouldn’t the world be a better place?
So how do you feel about changing the expression to ‘Going Forward to work rather than Going Back?