I have this awesome friend, who is a lot of great things. One thing he is known for, is motivating others. I have been in a pretty deep rabbit hole recently and actually reached out to him for some motivation. He had kind words and offered encouragement. But sometimes, what we need is found in unlikely places. He posted this video on Facebook yesterday and I was not expecting the result. Adam Welcome Video
But then I pressed record. The result that was recorded was an actual switch flip moment. You see, I never shared with Adam, all that I had been struggling with, I really haven't shared with anyone. For that reason, my last few days have actually ended with me going home an attempting to just sleep it off. When I pushed record, (after admitting that I meant to make a funny video) I told him that instead of going in and hiding in my bed, I decided to put on my running gear and JUST DO. I needed to "shake up" my routine, because what I was doing wasn't working. And so I did. I ran...it wasn't good, it wasn't pretty, but it was better than what I had been doing.
As I ran, I began to reflect. I thought about the idea that a "shake up" doesn't need to be as big as waking up at midnight to run 10 miles, it could be one small decision. Sometimes, that is all the capacity that one has at the time. But one decision, usually leads to another and another and another. Just put one foot down, then the other, then the other, then the other.
What happened was not only a physical shake up, but a much needed mental one. That one small switch, changed my whole evening. It caused me to reflect, enjoy some fresh air and beautiful surroundings. It also led me to reach out to some people and have some really good conversations. I need people...I have figured this out, but it is hard for people to hear you when you are deep in that rabbit hole. This small switch helped me to dig out and see the light, find those bright spots.
Why am I writing this? For the same reason that I always do, to try and help just one other. I have taken Adam's words to heart. It is important to change things up, ruts are no good to anyone. What is one small thing that you can change in your day, your life? Just do it. See what happens. What can you change in your classroom, your routine, with your kids, within your school? Just do it. See what happens. Small shifts can reveal huge gains.
Mother, Teacher, Presenter, GCE Level 1 & 2, Encourager of others.
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