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On the day of this photo taken last week on an epic 2.5 hour paddle, everything was perfect for my outing on the water:

  • temperature: mid 70s

  • wind: 4mph

  • skies: clear

  • time: endless

  • snacks and water: packed

  • mind: ready to go!

Yesterday, I was a living, breathing example of Murphy's Law:

  • wind: 9-11 mph

  • waves: 1-2 feet

  • seaweed: copious

  • time: limited

  • patience: nil

  • routine: not followed

I was off my game. The whole process of getting on the board took WAY longer than it usually does, and it seemed like I was operating in a stupor. It was not pleasurable in the least. But still I went. I logged a whole 15 minutes on the water.

So what does this have to do with anything - teaching, even?

We are all going to have some days when the wind doesn't cooperate and the seaweed is just. too. much.

Let it go.

If you're mid-activity and it's not going the way you want it to, wrap it up or simply stop.

If you're in the middle of reading a book with your students and they're not engaged: stop.

Stop the reading or even stop the book. No one says you can't go back to the book or even have to continue.

If you're having a rough time with some particular students, stop. Bring the stress level down by asking questions: either ask silly questions like, "what's your favorite sports team?" or something more pointed like, "how can I help you? (with whatever the issue is - remember that MOST of the time it has NOTHING to do with you!)

If you're stressing about the minutiae that has become part of your job, stop. Make a list and do the necessary first.

We all have 100% rate of survival of the past.

Don't fight the ick of the seaweed. Any of it. It will pass.

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