What Storms May Come…

Today…we are planning for bad weather…April in Tornado Alley is like that…the plan is to go to school as usual…and dismiss by 11:30…or sooner if the front moves in quicker than expected…for some outside of the area…it may seem like…overkill…but for those of us who have lived through years of destruction…it just plain makes sense…

Two years ago…an area school was destroyed by a series of F4/5 tornados that ripped through our communities…school had been dismissed earlier that morning…a few years back…a tornado hit a school in South Alabama…they weren’t so fortunate…the nurse from that school spoke at a conference I attended…what she went through broke my heart…I certainly hope to never experience such things…I refuse to even imagine digging through rubble looking for my students…but…I did make emergency preparations based on her recommendations…

I have a plan…

But…like a lot of things in life…I hope it’s a plan that I never have to implement…and…for once…Bertha…is in perfect agreement…

Jane

One Easy Piece…

I was overwhelmed this weekend…there seemed to be so much to do…in so many areas of my life…that…I didn’t know where to start…and…so…I didn’t get much done on any of it…

I find this feeling to be very uncomfortable…I look around…literally and figuratively…and see so many pieces…that…I just shutdown instead of taking action…and…nothing gets done…it’s just too much…

Thankfully…Bertha…came home yesterday afternoon…I think she’d still be away on Spring Break…to remind me…to look at the task at hand…and only do the one easiest thing that I can do…don’t look further down the road…don’t look at the hard stuff…just focus on the easiest thing…and do it…

Well…of course she was right…I remembered…a few years back…when I wanted to quit drinking diet sodas…I didn’t start out there…that was too hard…I started out by drinking more water…that was easy…I allowed myself to drink as many drinks as I wanted…as long as…I drank 64 ounces of water…it naturally evolved that I was drinking one in the afternoon for several days…and then…one day I noticed that I forgot to drink it…and…I haven’t had one since…

It’s an approach that has served me well…in many areas of my life…

So…I took her advice…we all know that she wasn’t going to leave me alone until I did…and…I looked at things in a different way…what’s the one…easiest…thing that I can do to start this…not…how can I get this all accomplished in…one day…one hour…one minute…but…what is one easy thing I can do…and…what I found is that I did a few easy things…and…when I’m comfortable with them…then…I’ll look for the next easiest thing to do…and…the next…and…the next…

I relaxed…she’s right…I don’t have to make all the changes in one day…life is a process…and…I’m getting there…one easy piece at a time…

Jane