T.G.I.F. For so many individuals with a Monday through Friday 9:00 to 17:00 job, there can be no sweeter phrase. Yet, sometimes I wonder if we need a bit more perspective.I once worked for a principal I admired greatly. He was towards the end of his career as a principal (just a few years from retirement) and I believe his career was really starting to wear him down. It was clear to so many individuals that our leader was ready to retire. It had nothing to do with his competence (he was highly competent) or his ability to lead (he was a great leader) but his attitude said it all. On Monday mornings he would walk (or sometimes storm) into work….. often with a scowl on his face. I am not even sure he was consciously aware of his attitude. This, of course, affected the entire staff. It is hard to work with someone who struggles to be at work. On Fridays, he would often have a bounce in his step as he walked through the door.
He inspired me to become a leader in education… Why? In part because I realized the great effect one individual can have on the life of an institution. I did not necessarily want to lead a school at that point, but what I did begin to understand was that I did not want to work for someone else who did not really want to lead the school. I would rather be the one setting the tone than the one reacting to the tone….. and thus marked the start of my journey towards school administration.
I do like Fridays, in fact, I LOVE Fridays. I am not ashamed of this. I work hard during the week and I need to have my moment of rest. One of my favorite times of the week is Friday afternoon, when I hit my pillow after work and take a wonderful nap before I prepare Friday night dinner. That point of afternoon relaxation and escape is pure bliss. Yes, I LOVE Fridays, but the difference between myself and my former supervisor is that I do not hate Mondays. In fact, I enjoy them very much. I love working with kids and my colleagues are amazing, skilled professionals who are passionate about educating children. With a dynamic team there is no need for a work environment to be a source of gloom, it can be fun. Given that I spend more of my waking hours at work each weekday than at home, I am glad that it can be a place of joy.
So, today, 286 days ’til 40, as the clock strikes midnight and I head to sleep thrilled that Friday has arrived, I am also able to look forward to the week ahead. And, on Monday morning when my alarm clock sounds I will shout, “T.G.I.M.!!!”