Finding Our Gratitude

May 06, 2020 11:32 AM | Anonymous

From the Chair: Finding Our


By Laura Filtness

It’s hard to put into words the many emotions we are all feeling right now, and some days it’s even harder to process all of this. Undoubtedly, many of us are struggling with balancing our jobs and families, while processing waves of feeling overwhelmed, fearful and unsure.

As the summer starts, we know that this will be a summer like none other. Our self-care is more important than ever and so this issue I’d like to focus on all the opportunities and joys that are the flip side of this tragic coin.

Here’s what I am grateful for right now:

  • The extraordinary Laura Ressor for sharing her self-care tips with us. These are perfect for counselors, students, and families alike. We are lucky to have her in Tennessee!
  • Our members for coming together via Zoom meetings, social media, phone calls and emails. We are stronger together!
  • The TSCA board for staying positive and optimistic. They continue to plan and work together to make TSCA better than ever.
  • ASCA! The amount of resources and guidance they provide is priceless. Specifically, I’d like to thank Leisl Moriarty, who answers my endless emails while bouncing a baby on her knee and with a smile on her face.
  • Our first responders and heroes. Thank you to those who have worked and now work on the front lines. Thank you to their families for the bravery as they see their loved ones going to work.
  • My puppies, who wake up every morning thrilled with life and continue to allow me to dress them up while we are stuck indoors.
  • My fellow Knox County school counselors who help me find perspective and understanding.
  • My social worker, Rebekah Lankford, who tirelessly works for our families to ensure their basic needs are met.
  • My administration, who understand and get the role of a school counselor; because of this I can thrive, which in turn allows our students to thrive.
  • The writers and creators of amazing comedies like Schitts Creek, who brought me laugher through some tough times.
  • Time – time to plan for next year, write lessons, learn new technology and connect with friends and family.
What are you grateful for? I encourage you to find a mindful moment each day to find joy, express gratitude, and breathe.

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