This evening I was reminded why I do what I do.
Lately I've been feeling a bit of bitterness bubbling up inside of me over a few issues that are truly "systems" issues. That is, dealing with processes that would be very uncomplicated if they weren't covered in campus politics and red tape all over the place. It seemed like every part of my job lately was laden with hiccups, and I was beginning to feel bogged down.
Tonight, however, reminded me that it's all worth it. Students who are willing to take on leadership roles without pay, who are willing to cut their summers short, who are excited about the prospect of dynamically affecting campus and mentoring people they don't even know yet. Students with motivation, leadership capabilities, compassion, and senses of humor. A reminder that the work I do is not for naught. Truly.
During the seasons of life when we feel overwhelmed or burdened, it's helpful to take a breath and catch a glimpse of the beauty within the storm. It's always there.
Finding those small treasures of bliss,