via Daily Prompt: Sunny

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I’m surplus to requirement…

yes in the eyes of my employer of the past nine years, a Government body, the Department of Education, it’s holiday time and I’m not needed…

I’m a Government employee, a civil servant and schools and education centres close until the beginning of September. This can make me feel far from sunny. But there’s an upside to that…

I get 10 weeks holidays, yes an amazing 10 weeks to do with as I will and that makes me feel all excited and sunny! But there’s a down side to that…

I’m not really on holidays, I am unemployed. I have to register with the Department of Social Protection because once my entitlement to a few weeks built up holiday pay is used up I will be dependent on a weekly welfare payment. The prospect of facing that appointment and admitting I’m unemployed and dependent on welfare makes me feel far from sunny but there’s an upside to that…

I get the opportunity to stand in the shoes of somebody who is unemployed and dependent on welfare. I also get to be on the receiving end of the services of a Government employee, a civil servant. A civil servant just like me but there’s a down side to that…

It makes me wonder if as a Government employee I am approachable, respectful and if I give the best service I can to the students who access our service.  But there’s an up side to that…

It gives me the opportunity to reflect on how my students feel when they access the services of a Government employee, a civil servant, like me. Everytime they interact with me I have the opportunity, the choice and the power to be a positive or negative force in their life. I have the power to label students as awkward, moody or disruptive or I can choose to look beyond their behaviour to seek out the hidden issue.  I can help turn a negative into a positive. I can play a part in helping someone change a moment from shady to sunny!

It’s those moments that make being surplus to requirement and unemployed ok…because I choose sunny!