Tears were in my eyes as I shared my experience. He sat me down, reached for something off his bookshelf and plopped it on the table in front of me. It was a Beany Baby duck. “When I was working in the middle school as an intern, I had the same kind of experiences you are describing. A fellow colleague brought me this duck as a reminder I need to learn to let things flow off my back like water off a duck.”
I was comforted by his telling the story and have spent some time now thinking about how to let things roll off my back without becoming unresponsive to the cares at the core the concern.
Today at the stationary store my eyes were caught by the images on this card. I picked it up to read and decided it is the perfect thank you for the advice of my friend. Inside it says: “Our friendship is the real thing.”