When you feel a tear sliding down your cheek in the middle of
grading the stack of essays in front of you;
when you drop your pen, put your head in your hands,
and let yourself be defeated by the task for just a few moments;
so that you can find an old journal to write a few words
about how much you miss your daughter and
how exhausted you are at the job you love;
to take a deep breath, exhaling all of the burden out,
in surrender, to remember what is important.
On the next inhale, find stability and strength
to start again.