"You never know when one act, or one word of encouragement can change a life forever."I read this quote earlier today as it floated across my Twitter stream, and it's been floating around in my head ever since. I think this is what I'm trying to do with this blog. One kind act or word of encouragement for myself every day.
Today's kind act for myself was to stop a bit of negative thinking. I woke up later than I had intended and started almost berating myself for the loss of time in what's left of my Christmas break. So, I stopped myself and had a little chat...with myself. "Hey, it's okay," I said to myself. "Obviously you needed some extra sleep today. You're gonna need it once school starts up again. It's okay."
Myself tried to argue. "It's NOT okay! I have all this school work that I've put off doing. I should have been getting that done during these two weeks! What have I accomplished?" "Well," I answered myself, "let's look at what you accomplished. You did a lot of cleaning around the apartment; cleaning that was well-past due. You did some reading, something you never make time for when you're teaching. And you spent some quality time with family, including your eighty-eight year old grandma. How can you say you didn't accomplish anything?"
Hmmm...you know what? I'm right. No, I didn't do nearly as much school work as I had planned to do. But I took some time for myself over break, and that...is...okay!
I have to say, after this conversation with myself this morning I felt surprisingly calm the rest of the day. Pretty cool, eh?