How do we finish strong?

How do we finish strong when we are exhausted and overwhelmed? 

I took a break from blog writing right after our Final Concert for a couple of reasons.

One, I was simply exhausted after writing every day while keeping up with my students and preparing for our end of year concert.  I give so much to the experience that I always feel the thrill of the ride but also the let down after it’s all over.  The added stress of deciding to write every day just added to that feeling.

Two, the HUGE decision I had made previously, mentioned in another blog post, had to be reevaluated and eventually changed because of circumstances that were out of my control.  This left me feeling completely and totally overwhelmed.

So…I took a break.

I knew this could be a problem, but I needed it.  I thought it would only be a day or two.  It clearly turned into this lengthy period of time… 1 1/2 weeks! YIKES!

At first, the break was welcomed and almost a relief.  Then, it seemed to become almost a demand that I not write.  But that also led to me not wanting to prepare lessons for my students.  I still had two weeks left of school!  I couldn’t afford to let that happen.

So…how to do you finish strong when you don’t want to do anything?  When you just need to relax and forget everything so you can regenerate?

Well, I don’t know about you, but for me it’s comes back to my upbringing.  It means “pulling up your bootstraps” and persevering . It means taking each day as it comes and just focusing on doing your best.  Your best for yourself, for your family and if you are a teacher like me, for your students.

I made it through the last 1-1/2 weeks by putting my focus on what I could do rather than what I had no control over.  I focused on having fun with my students, preparing them for the “final” that takes place tomorrow, and just enjoying my time with my own children.

One of “having fun” moments with my students was playing a musical game based on “telephone” using rhythms.  It is both frustrating and hilarious for all participants.

One of the “having fun” moments with my own children was going on a hike today.  We enjoyed the short but steep hike, the view at the top, and the quick descent followed by some good food. It was very restful and rejuvenating in a kind of strange way.

The preparation for the final was enjoyable for me albeit not so much for my students.  However, they will see the benefits tomorrow. So will you if you read tomorrow’s post:)

 

Perseverance, do you have it?

Perseverance is an interesting word.

The definition, according to Google is: “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success”. 

Synonyms: persistence, tenacity, determination, staying power, etc.

Do you have it?

Perseverance is my mantra right now.  As I’ve mentioned before, I have made a decision.  That decision is requiring a lot of perseverance.  Mostly because it’s not a decision that will reap benefits very soon.  It’s going to take a bit of time. Hence the perseverance.

Today…another Monday.  Another day to practice with the students and help them prepare for the concert. Another day I had to keep my decision to myself. Another day to try to stay focused on the daily tasks.

Today…a day in which a VERY generous individual did something extremely kind for my family.  A day in which, while we were expressing our gratitude for this wonderful gift, we found a “eensy weensy” problem with our home.

That problem? OH…just a hole the size of a slow pitch softball in one of our basement windows.

The problem? Wondering how it happened, what we were supposed to do about it, and how we were going to pay for it.

The answer? Hasn’t come in full yet.

We did get the hole covered so the elements that change so rapidly in Utah won’t get into the house.  We did make one phone call, with the help of another friend, to find a business that might be able to provide us the needed service.  We just don’t know how it happened, although we have an idea.  We don’t know how much it will cost, whether we will get a fair price and whether we can afford it.

What to do? 

Persevere! 

I mentioned a definition from Google.  I think my definition is a little easier.  I say it’s NEVER GIVING UP and/or DOING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE DESPITE ADVERSITY.

What does that mean to me? 

It’s simply BREATHING when things “pop up”.

It means to “just get to work”!

It means try to put off the thoughts of any problems that may come and focus on the solutions OR sometimes just on how to “Get By”.

So…do you have what it takes to Persevere? I think you do!

Find a way, Make a Way. Succeed despite what is placed for you.

 PERSEVERANCE!