A Mosquito Named David…

Late yesterday afternoon…I thought I’d sit outside…and read…it was that perfect time of day…the temperature had cooled just a bit…and with the porch fan…it was really quite pleasant…the book I was reading was interesting…The Involvement of Emerson…by G. Mitchell Baker…and it had my full attention…

Until…I felt something on my left calf…

Mosquito…

I swatted at it and missed…I asked it nicely to just leave me alone…it didn’t…so…reluctantly…after several mis-swats…and a few leg shakes…I returned…inside…to the contemplation chair to continue my read…

Bertha…had quite a snicker about it…the mosquito was tiny…I don’t even have anything precise enough to measure it…and…I weighed…a hundred…and…well…I weighed a whole lot more than the mosquito…

In fact…we were even more mismatched than…David and Goliath…but…just like…David…the mosquito took me down…

Of course…she said that the situation reminded her of my life…doesn’t everything…because…according to…Bertha…I don’t have to be the most powerful…the richest…the best educated…to succeed…

I just need to be like the mosquito…with a single focus…not easily swatted away…not deterred by the first…or even third attempt…until…I…reach the goal…

Hmmm…I think she’s on to something…

Jane

Just a Burp in the Road…

The end is in sight…of the school year…that is…and…I have to admit…I’m getting overwhelmed…yes…I’m excited about the prospects of…two months off…but…between here and there…there are a lot of details to be addressed…closing out this year…getting ready for next year…things that can’t be done…until a specific time…and then…they have to be done quickly…

Oh…and did I mention…that I’ll be gone on field trips…three out of five days next week…and…one of those is an overnight…and not even for my school…

Just as the words…what was I thinking…I must be out of my mind…why did I volunteer to do that…start to buzz around in my head…

Bertha…appears…

Reminding me to…focus…

Reminding me…it’s like eating an elephant…take the first bite…then…take the next one…burp…take another…

The visual helps…an elephant sitting in my office…that’s exactly what it feels like…and…a plan starts to develop…things will get done…letters will go home…medications will be picked up…charts will be filed…

Burp

Jane

PS…Oh…and she says it’s the same for all areas of my life…bite…burp…bite…rinse and repeat…