You just can't do everything
Saturday, March 02, 2013
I haven't blogged in a while. I've been mulling over a few topics but haven't had time to sit down and write them up. I don't like to have my first blog in several weeks a negative one but I just have to kick myself in the backside today so here's my story. A couple of weeks ago one of my students encouraged me to sign up for the intramural racquetball tournament which started last night. I was really looking forward to it. It so happened my first match was supposed to be against my student so we've been engaging in some friendly trash talking all week . Then, I remembered I was also scheduled to have dinner with a faculty candidate last night. Dinners are usually a fairly big group and I don't HAVE to go so I went to the tournament instead. When I got there, we were scheduled for the 13th match and we only have 2 courts. After an hour only 4 matches were completed so it looked like it was going to be a long wait. I decided I could go to the dinner after all and come back for my match. Had a good healthy dinner and was ready to go. When I got back I found out that I missed my first match already. Several players never showed up and other matches were very short so I was half an hour late. I was mainly disappointed that I missed the match with my student but there was still a chance to play in the loser bracket. I went to check the schedule and they had already called my name for that match as well so I was out of luck. I appealed to the organizer but there was no mercy. I was crushed and kept kicking myself all night. The take home lesson is that you just can't do everything. Sometimes I try too hard to do it all and it comes back to bite me. What really worries me is that Junior seems to have the same problem I do and I have to be a better role model. Occasionally it works out but more often then not something or someone suffers. The funny thing is that we tend to only remember the rare times when everything works out so we think we can do it again. I/we have to remember to stop trying to pack so many things into the day and focus on doing the important things well. Lesson learned ... and I've scheduled a match with my student for next Friday.