At the risk of sounding all zenned out, I made an agreement with myself to be more positive when I went back to work. To not let the typical student stuff get to me like it did last time. To be the professor that people chose to attend the class, not to be the professor who could only get people to come to class based on threats and punishments.
And to say 'no' to things that waste my time or annoy me.
So far (after two days) it is working. Working well, as a matter of fact. WHen I feel something start to bother me, I've stopped myself and thought "do you want to create negative energy over this, or do you want to keep the positive energy flowing?" And I've gone with the postive energy every time. And it is good!
Let's see if I can keep it up!!!