“Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.”
You lost the election.
You bet on the wrong stock.
You missed the game winning field goal.
You fell down face first into a pile of mud.
And it hurt.
It still does sometimes.
But you weren’t meant to remain in pain.
The pain – the adversity, is an opportunity to grow, to learn, to prosper, but in the moments it happens it’s almost impossible to appreciate.
Adversity doesn’t feel good, but it carries within it a gift.
The gift of experience.
“Experience is the teacher of all things.”
The gift may be hidden, but it’s there, waiting for you to find it, open it, & move forward – stronger, wiser, and ready for the next opportunity.
Crazy that I’ve already been in Colorado for a month. Time goes by fast when you’re living life to the fullest! —My car ride seemed like it took a whole month to get here; although it was less than 24 hours. Anyway here is what I have been up to the past few weeks:
During my third week in Denver I moved into my new apartment! No more sleeping on a couch. The hot tub and pool at the apartment complex were some big deciding factors, even though they are being renovated currently and I haven’t used them yet! So I moved all my stuff into the apartment, chatted with the new roommates-they are super chill and awesome. I also went to an orientation for substitute teaching after hours of paperwork to get there. I was outside most of the week really just hanging out with friends and enjoying the week before I started teaching. The weekend was fun, and then I began teaching during my 4th week here.
Monday I taught at a pretty rough school. I have previously been working with juvenile delinquents so I thought that teaching at all these schools would be a breeze…not so much. I taught freshman Biology that Monday and these freshman definitely challenged me and tested my patience but I made it through the day. Tuesday I taught a French middle school class. They were filled with sooo much energy-The classroom got loud, so I got a little loud back. Wednesday was amazing! I worked as a physical education teacher and the school does “team teaching” where some teachers work together for the lessons. This made classes very easy and the day flew by. Thursday as a middle school math teacher was okay; some classes were great and some weren’t. Friday I was a math teacher at the school I was at on Monday so I was ready for chaos, but since it was a different class with different students it wasn’t bad. Only one class was out of pocket. Substitute teachers experience all sorts of interesting situations throughout the day, and I was already beginning to experience these things. Overall it was a decent first week of teaching.
My 5th week and 2nd week of teaching here…This week was a lot better than last week as far as teaching goes. Monday I taught gym at an Elementary school and it was awesome. I got to play basketball and other sports with the students as we jammed out to music. Tuesday and Wednesday I was a floater. They needed me as a 4th grade teacher on Tuesday-I was not the happiest about this, but I do what they need me to do. The kids were crazy. Wednesday was okay. I taught another loud group of students, but I did get to leave early so that was awesome. I went to a park after school and played some football with a friend. Thursday was the best day of the week for teaching!! I was a high school gym teacher and the students listened and behaved so well. I was at a great school and I got to run and workout with students in each class. The teacher I was subbing for had a prep period at the end of the day so I got to leave a little early again! Good times. Friday was a good day too. I was a math teacher at a pretty good school and some of the kids had really funny jokes. I laughed a lot during the first period class.
A few things I have learned while working with students: Be patient, listen, and from the start make sure they know what rules and expectations they should follow.
In my free time I have been reading, writing, playing Fifa with friends, going to parks, working out, and I bought a new laptop!
“I think people who are creative are the luckiest people on earth. I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something greater than you, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.”
Everyone experiences a great deal of unpleasant, embarrassing, and discouraging situations. But unsuccessful and successful people deal with these situations in exactly opposite ways.
Successful people focus on putting positive thoughts into their memory bank. Unsuccessful people dwell on unpleasant situations. If you’re reading this right now you either want to be successful or are a good friend of mine, and hopefully both! If you do want to be more successful then you should practice recalling pleasant, positive experiences and count your blessings! I’ve begun to practice recalling pleasant situations and I actually wrote down a few amazing experiences on a note card to remember! I am very appreciative of everything and have to give some credit to this method.
Another practical thing you can do is to take actions that support your HOPE! What is it you desire? What is holding you back from reaching it? What you hope for, you can have. This method has been proven time and time again, but you still might not believe it, which is why you will stay exactly where you are. BELIEVE. Act on what you hope for! People who consciously think of their hopes and then act to make them happen are the people you see who are living their dreams!
The next time you experience fear, calm yourself. Then search yourself for an answer to this specific question: “What kind of action can I take to conquer my fear?” Here are some examples of fear and some possible action cures:
Fear Fear of failing an exam
*Action*Convert worry time into study time.
Fear Fear of things totally beyond your control
*Action*Turn your attention to helping relieve the fear of others and pray.
Fear Fear of what other people may think and say
*Action*Make sure that what you plan to do is fair. Then do it. No one ever does anything worthwhile without being criticized.
Fear Fear of people
*Action*Put them in the correct perspective. A person is just another human being pretty much just like yourself.
We all experience fear in one way or another, but the most successful people feel the fear then do it anyway! They take action! BE decisive! Instead of dwelling in fear, take action! Do something. Recall pleasant experiences often and get going!