Good Monday Morning 6-13

Good Monday morning, June 13.

This is the second Monday of June. Already. It feels like summer is almost over before it has even started. It always seems to go by fast.

Last summer my son, daughter and I went to the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan for a couple of days. We had a great time and the place we stayed was beautiful. The place is rich in history and would make a great setting for a historical series about the Coast Guard. I haven’t done any research toward that end but it is on the list of things to do.

This year we want to travel to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and see Tahquamenon Falls and visit Sault Ste. Marie. I took a week off in August, but instead of going then, during the peak of summer and heat, we decided to wait and go in early fall. Maybe we’ll see some of the fall colors while we travel.

Maybe I should say that traveling will depend on whether I can save enough money this summer to go on vacation. I’m working but my job is part-time. That is all that I can manage. I tried to increase my hours this winter and it led to an overabundance of stress. In May my hours were cut, from 12 clients a week to 8 or 9, to cut back on stress.

Now in July there will be a few new clients added. Each time I houseclean for a new client, I have to get to know their personality as well as find out how they like their house cleaned, what products they use and where their supplies are kept. So it isn’t a simple process.

It takes me a while to feel comfortable with new people and new places.

Sometimes personalities don’t mesh well, or they have unrealistic expectations. Not all clients remain on my schedule. And because of the nature of the work that I do and the clients’ ages, there are many things that factor into losing a client. My employer’s goal is to assist seniors so they can stay in their own homes as long as possible. Some of the clients I had in the past moved into nursing homes or onto their heavenly home.

Since I never know how long I will have a client on my schedule, I give each person my best. I do the best job I can cleaning with the tools that they have. I also do my best to get them talking about things that they enjoy and learn some of their history. I’m one of only a few people in their lives that they see regularly.

Knowing that makes me try harder to communicate with them and not let my own anxieties and insecurities make getting to know them difficult.

There’s a song, Confidence, by Sanctus Real. In it is the phrase, “So I can face my giants with confidence.” It When it comes on the radio, I sing the words, “So I can face my clients with confidence.” I often pray for the difficult personalities and try and stay emotionally healthy so I can continue to do my job.

Remembering the words of this song helps me keep my job in perspective. I know for a fact that it is only by the grace of God that I am able to meet new people and develop a working friendship with them.

And in the past few months on, my confidence in myself and in my ability to socialize with people has grown tremendously.

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