Tuesday, March 02, 2010
What a funny turn of events after I was feeling blue this a.m.
One of my University students came to do some work with me this a.m. - and while here had a meltdown before my eyes, repeating that same overwhelmed scenario that I just blurted out a little while ago. It was ironic to find myself in those shoes of having to tell her to step back and examine the situation with fresh eyes, and know that this will come to pass. That she will have a very bright future and one person's assessment of whether you deserve (to be in their grad school) is not the end all and be all of who you are.
Sound familiar, Mar? Ha ha. I took a moment and recited the serenity prayer to her and talked about how I have feelings of overwhelm too and it grounds me. I did not give her any earth-shattering advice, but I was able to share a bit of my struggles in her shoes, and have her feel that she is not alone, she is an amazing girl and she will succeed. Oddly enough, it also felt like I was talking in the mirror.
It's weird when things work out like that, huh?