Life would be easier if I chose a profession that gave me answers, rather than endless questions. Life would be easier if my work friends didn't have to ask my permission to go to the bathroom. But for some inexplicable reason, every fiber of my being is called to be in this classroom with these kids.
The "envy-jealousy" flew can hit anyone at any time. However, exhaustion, coupled by dashed hopes for the new year, can bring it on suddenly. When a friend's reaction is completely out of character, allowing the tincture of time and space is an important first step. Then, an honest sharing can usually bring healing as well as an even closer and more intimate friendship.