I’ve been feeling more than a bit spent lately. Call it the December Doldrums.
What bugs me the most is that I feel tapped out professionally. While everything that I’m doing is as solid as it ever was — I’m writing a ton, I’m delivering solid PD sessions, my classroom instruction still motivates me — nothing is coming easy to me right now and that makes it hard to find the motivation to push. I’m grinding and producing and meeting all of my responsibilities, but I want my work — both within and beyond the classroom — to be more than a grind. I want it to be energizing.
Does this sound familiar to anyone else?
So I took a bit of time off this morning. Went to the bagel shop for breakfast and a bit of reading. It’s my selfish treat — an escape from the always-on life that can be so draining. I don’t open my email. I don’t rush. I don’t worry about the stack of crap sitting on my desk waiting to be done. I read — and reading is relaxing.
Today’s title was Graceful by Seth Godin — and check out the quote that I stumbled across two pages into my meal. It was so perfect, I had to turn it into a slide:
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So here I am being relentless.
Thanks for the reminder, Seth. I needed it.
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