Day 108: Judy, Administrative Assistant to the Athletic and Physical Education Department

[ By on March 11, 2013 ]

The perspective that I have is that you have to keep an even keel. I think when you work with people in small surroundings like we do down in the athletic office, you have to know when to bite and not to bite. It’s like a long marriage; you just let some things pass, and other things you have to take care of, but you know your partner so well that you don’t take anything personally. Life is too short to get wound up in any kind of pettiness and squabbles.

I very rarely get in a bad mood—I’m more of a laid-back kind of character. When I was younger, everything had to be done right away, whereas now I understand what’s a priority and what can wait. I think technology is wonderful, but with all this technology, I don’t know if we’re learning patience. Nothing is a surprise—your phone rings and you already know who’s calling you. I just hope that we would learn a little more patience.

Everyone is so busy. I see faculty running around, trying to be so available to students, to each other, very dedicated to their jobs, very little downtime; that’s their job, 8:30-3:30, 8:30 to 6, then they go home to their other job—I hate to call family a job, but I’ve been there, done that – I know what that’s like. Every minute counts. For me, I know what gets to me and what I have to stand up to, and the rest I can let go by. I don’t think it’s a lazy perspective, I think it’s wisdom.

Today I found two pennies, heads up. Whenever I see a penny heads up, I’m very optimistic. No matter what mood I’m in, I get hopeful. Someone said, the angels leave pennies on the ground so you know someone’s watching over you. So, to find two in one day, it’s a message, and you don’t know where it’s coming from. It’s not that I’m not going to buy a lottery ticket, it’s just that I feel hopeful.

That’s what we need, I think, patience and hopefulness.


Judy lives in Riverdale and is thankful for her two children, Sarah and Danny, who are good people she is proud of.

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