Tuesday, February 23, 2021

How Can I Help You?

I received a phone call from colleague late this afternoon. Usually when either one of us calls the other, topic is something school related. This phone call was no different. (I will explain soon.) I thought it strange because we haven't been in school since March 12 thanks to the snowpocalypse that shut our school district down.

The Back Story: 

Due to the planned consolidation of our school and another school, my colleague and I are in a similar situation. Our placement for the 2021-2022 school has not been decided. In January, we both received the same emailed letter informing us that we had "not been placed yet."

Why She Called Me

Well, today my colleague received an email from a principal who is offering her a position. You would think my colleague would be overjoyed, but she wasn't. She was anxious and unsure of whether she should or wanted to accept. So, she called me. She said, "I was sitting here anxious, sick to my stomach, and something told her to call Norris."

As we talked, I checked my email. I received an offer from the same principal. I let my colleague know that I would be accepting the offer. She calmed. She seemed reassured that someone (me) would be at the same school. She said she would accept as well.

My Take Away

Back in November, I had already made the decision to let go and let God handle "this whole placement thing". Life has a way of being stressful enough, and I didn't want to constantly be thinking or worrying about something I could not control. I believed, and still believe, that my placement next year would be exactly where I was meant to be. 

I wonder if there are times in our lives that we have to endure a situation or go through something in order to be able to help someone else in the same or similar situation.  I think that's what happened today. I'm so glad I could help.


  1. The January email saying "not placed yet" had to be harrowing! What a stressful year this has been. So glad that you and your colleague have each other now - and next year!

  2. I think you are right. There is some comfort in knowing we might be able to help someone else feel as though they are not alone in a struggle.

  3. It's so amazing to me that the right conversation, with the right colleague, at the right time, can do so very much for us. I'm glad and grateful that the world has paved a way for you both. And yes, I firmly believe that there ARE times in our lives when the situations we endure allow us to be better humans and friends to the people around us. Thanks for this post!

  4. It is natural for the unknown to cause worry. Your faith gave you strength to wait and make the decision. Your strength radiated to your friend too.


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