Monday, April 30, 2007
Thought from April 27:
Pay attention when an old dog is barking.
- Old Proverb
Learning from someone who's been there... That's something I constantly did when I was in the faculty of ed, but I think I may have slacked on it since I graduated, thinking that I knew what I needed, since I had my degree and all... WRONG! I realised lately that I can learn so much from everyone around me. Not just those who are older than I am, or in the same field, but from my adult students, my coworkers, people at church or bowling. I've really realised lately that everyone has some knowledge that I don't have and that I can learn from them.
Thought from April 28:
Life is not a 'brief candle.' It is a splendid torch that must be made to burn as brightly as possible before it is handed on to the next generation.
- George Bernard Shaw, Irish critic and playwright
"This little light of mine... I'm gonna let it shine..." Trying to let my light shine is hard. I find that I am not very extroverted by nature... I like to keep to myself a lot, even though I hate being alone (try wrapping your head around that one...) Being somewhat introverted hinders letting my light shine... also for me, sometimes I'm afraid to seem like I'm showing off, bragging about my "giftedness" or intelligence level, or things like that... Which leads me to not wanting to talk about my achievements...
I find that the time that I really let my light shine is when I'm teaching, be it to children or adults in an academic setting, or to the children at Vacation Bible School. I felt really in my element when I was giving my little speech at church to the Women's Fellowship promoting my part in VBS. I really like talking to people and explaining things (strange, again, for a self-declared introvert... maybe I'm just introverted when it comes to my emotions... or meeting new people)
Thought from April 29:
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden, Hall of Fame college basketball coach
Limitations can either define us or give us a challenge to outwit... hmmm... I should really find a way to work around my sprained ankle. In a way I have... I've continued some of my walking; I still take the long route to the bus stop so that I'm getting an extra 5 minutes of walking in a day, but I need to find a way to put some of my cardio work in to my schedule around my sprained ankle. Maybe some in-chair work, or some extra crunches (I think I can keep my leg in place enough to do some crunches).
I tend to always think about what I can't do, or what I haven't achieved compared to other people my age... but then I remember that I have achieved a lot. I got my BA, complete with bilingual certification, my BEd (the first in my family to graduate from university!), survived my parents' divorce and our subsequent move, planned a wedding, started a career... I've done a lot!
Thought from today:
The belly comes before the soul.
- George Orwell, British writer
Food can actually be more of a foundation than a passion. To have an enriching & healthy life, fitness is a must. Good eating can be part of that fitness springboard that makes bigger things possible. If you're starving your body, depriving it of what it needs, you're handicapping yourself in the race for your dreams. And if you're filling it with garbage, don't expect much in return. My body is a temple, so I should only put in it things that are good for it.
Starving myself or eating things that are bland/tasteless/I don't enjoy are not actions that I should be doing as a means to an end. Bodies need fuel. Good fuel = good, strong body.