February is Healthy Heart Month. It begins today with an invitation to everyone to wear red as a sign of solidarity around the importance of strengthening one’s heart health. As I am sitting at my computer writing this blog several things occur to me. First is that I should probably be up and moving around to get the blood flowing. So, since I need to continue working, I am setting the timer on my phone so I will move at least every hour.
The second thing that occurs to me is that while my literal, physical heart needs one sort of care, my emotional “heart” also needs some attention. Emotionally I am blessed to do what I love most every day—work to support high quality afterschool programs for youth. If you would have asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up 50 years ago, I would not have been able to identify my passion to be a teacher, an educator, and the caring adult in the life of a child. But as I’ve grown older and am sitting in the space that I currently occupy, I realize that everything I’ve done is woven into a tapestry that allows me to have an impact on more youth than I could have ever imagined. I am passionate about helping young adults recognize their full potential so they can be the positive role models and mentors for the youth that want to grow up to be “just like them”. So when it comes to my work life, I nurture my passion every day.
The third thing that occurs to me is that I need to regularly remember and work to achieve one of my goals for 2013 which is to spend more time away from work with family and friends. So with that in mind, I’m going to do exactly that on this first Friday in February. I’m going to take time to chat with my friends and colleagues, my children and grandchildren, and perhaps even read a good book.