I cannot control most of the world around me is the first thought that comes to mind. I cannot control the people around me, I can control me.
I love the world around me. Trees and nature surround me close enough for now. The birds sing in my yard every morning and call to one another. There is a couple of cardinals that have made their home nearby and it brings joy to my heart to see them.
As an educator, I have learned whether you are 5 or 50 years, new learning is new learning. The reaction is usually the same: frustration, choice words, and breakthrough. When teaching your profession you learn about yourself about how to be a trustworthy facilitator. For this reason, I have the personal mantra, “I will never ask you to do anything that I am not willing to do or have already done.” I don’t believe in busy work for students. It is a waste for everyone.
For the month of May I participate in a story a day challenge. I write 1 piece of flash fiction that has a beginning, middle, and end. It is important for the piece to be finished. Each time I do a a challenge like this I add another layer of experimentation. I have used a visual each day, or an object, or a theme. This past May I chose to freewrite for 10 minutes first and then write my story.
My Freewrite rules based on Natalie Goldberg’s:
Keep your hand moving.
Handwrite with a nice pen.
Set the timer for 10 minutes.
Let go and write what comes. In other words, don’t try to control too much.
In my Google Keep notes, I save words I love. Words I love the sound of, new words, and words I want to use. The word Monochopsis is the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place. It is the perfect descriptor for several seasons of my life. I see belonging as a comfort but not always a necessity.
Thank you for joining me for coffee today. I am so glad you are here with me. The summer solstice was Friday and I am more in tune to the cycles of nature lately. It is a day full of sunshine. Today is full of light because we are together.
I am having my regular strong black coffee. My brother used to joke I liked mill coffee — dark, strong and puts hair on your chest! What would you like today? I have some iced tea if you like, or do you want something stronger today?
This past week felt special and radiant with no major events on the calendar because it was full of everyday magic.
The concept of noticing everyday magical moments came to me on a trail run. Running is my main fitness activity and as my feet pound the trail I ponder. The act of running and the solitude helps me through dilemmas and gives me much needed release.
When I analyze a concept I have to chunk it into smaller pieces in order to understand it and teach it. As a coach, I have to take large problems and bust them up into manageable pieces. While thinking about my own happiness my thought pattern determined it is not large events that create the happy feeling. Instead, it is mini actions and the mindset I have about a situation which yields the euphoria. If I can recreate these mini actions that are personal to me, then every day happiness can be achieved.