Saturday, March 3, 2018
Strong and Capable - #SOL18 3/3/18
Two Writing Teachers for coordinating and hosting this slicing community for the entire month of March for the Slice of Life Challenge. You all rock!!**
During this year's challenge, my plan is to reflect on a slice of my life from that day, or the day before, and write about it. No theme to tie my writing together this year, no plans ahead of time. Just glimpses into slices of my days. Not having a plan is a very uncomfortable place for me, both as a person and a writer, so fingers crossed for the next 29 days!
*This was a small section of my conversation today with my trainer, Tami, as she got very particular about each of my strength training exercises.*
Me: You didn't use to be this picky. I'm not sure I'm a fan.
Tami: You didn't use to be this strong and capable.
I started with a tad of a whine, and a little bit of a pout as she was pushing me to dig deeper into my work with her. Her analysis completely floored me: "strong and capable." Those are not words I associate with myself.
During the rest of our time together today, I zipped my lips when it came to whining, and I noticed I began to put forth more and more effort. After she identified me with those words, I felt a need to really rise to the occasion. As we progressed through the rest of our session, I paid close attention to the specific adjustments she asked me to make, and I made them. The workout got difficult today, but I did it.
Maybe that strong and capable person was lurking there all along, just waiting for someone to identify it for me, and make me believe in it.
Postscript: And as an educator, I couldn't help but think about all the students out there that don't feel they are strong and capable; they just need someone to identify that to be a truth about them so they can rise to the occasion as well.
Posted by Karen at 3:10 PM