Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Donít be happy AFTER success.
LIVE HAPPY and success will come.
Challenge based on this TedTalk:
Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work | Video on TED.com
3 DAILY GRATITUDES:
1) The first day of school comes only once a year. For first graders, it's a long day. We eventually get used to it but they are still so small.
2) Cool mornings -- the afternoons in August can be torturous. This morning felt like Fall already.
3) Innocence of childhood. It's why I teach 6 and 7 year olds.
JOURNALING (A positive occurrence of the last 24 hours):
It's been FEW more than 24 hours but I find it positive enough to reach back for it.
Yesterday, a wellness committee of teachers was talking to teachers about a new addition to the daily schedule at our school that has the entire school get up and move every day at the same time. They handed out papers that explained the plan for the 10 minute activity for the first 2 weeks of school. Then they said "let's stand up and practice". So I did. I had flashbacks of mid and high school when I couldn't do as well as others in PE and I knew that many coworkers would be looking out the corner of their eye to see how I did. I wasn't a star but I knew and did latin dance moves WAY better than a few and I kept up fine with the calisthenics style exercises I could do and had not problem modifying and continuing with others. I think it shocked people. I KNOW it did. I got a couple of "supportive comments" later in the day. I know I'm this heavy, people but don't rush to assume I"m checking out just yet.
EXERCISE: An intentional non-exercise day. I needed all my energy to go to those students and the demands of the first day jitters and exhaustion. I'll be going to bed early.
MEDITATION: Not yet today. I'm afraid I'll fall asleep for trying this late in the day but that's my intention. We' will see how it goes. Still feeling certain that it's giving me an overall sense of calm that I wouldn't have if I weren't meditating regularly. A few minutes a day does go a long way. Must keep going.
RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS:
Karma is sacred and I don't like to explain it to impress others or myself so here's my humble thumbs up for getting it done.