This week in class we are learning about penguins. When I was in high school I dislocated my knee and wore an immobilizer for three months. During that time my nickname became penguin. While the nickname didn’t stick after the immobilizer was removed, my love of penguins was born.
When I was in college I actually had a pretty decent collection of penguins in my dorm room. My favorite hockey team was/is the Pittsburgh Penguins. There was just something about this flightless bird that endures the coldest lands around. They all look a bit different, but also the same. There are so many cool facts to learn and I’m having fun teaching my students about them and even learning some new facts myself.
Over the weekend I got a new watch. This is hybrid watch. It looks and functions like an analog watch, but also keeps track of steps and sleep cycles. I can set it to vibrate and move the hands to notify me if certain people contact me via text or phone call as well as set alarms. I have found myself watching my steps, being aware of my sleep habits and much more.
Ok what does this have to do with today’s post… the info about school… nothing. I just wanted to share that. But the watch does.
Take a minute to choose your own spirit-rousing mantra. Need help? Think of the words you wish someone would say to you each and every day.
Here are a few suggestions they provide:
- I’ve got this
- I am the sky. Everything else is the weather
- I am invincible
- Perfection is overrated
Now think of your own mantra. Post it somewhere you can read it every day.
My first thought when I read this was:
One of my favorite MLK quotes:
I think I often need a reminder that you don’t have to get to the finish line each time… but you have to start. You need to figure out what the next step is, not every step.
Some things I need to remember more:
What is your mantra? What is something you need to think of but don’t right now? Do you think focusing on a mantra would help?
One last quote to share… my favorite line from a poem