Each day my gratitude and love grows, my patience and understanding expands, my self-awareness increases, and life gets better and better. I acknowledge as well that each day I become more attached to my work, my coworkers, my students (see the use of the word "my" repeated! Uh-Oh!). Each day, my desire to leave this city and move abroad diminishes a fraction more as my heart centers itself on my work. Certainly, there is much more to my life than my work, but it definitely rounds me out and offers a high sense of fulfillment and joy.
And that imbues me with an overflowing sense of gratitude that I want to grasp and hang on to: I am paid a salary to self-actualize as I help others to do the same, and I love my work. This friends, is a great gift in life!
I sit, astounded. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
"Wow, I get paid to do this??"