Something Is Better Than Nothing
As I sit here to write this blog post, it is Sunday late afternoon and I am at our 3rd ice time of the day (and I mean, if you want to count watching the World Junior’s finals — YEAH CANADA — I guess we’re on our 4th hockey games/practices today). Tomorrow is the first day back at school after the Winter Break, and I feel just as worn down now as I did when the break started. Why? Because holidays are not relaxing when you’re at home with four boys… it just goes from one kind of chaos to the next. Don’t get me wrong, it’s wonderful it many ways, but relaxing is not a word I would use to describe it.
In order to try and disconnect and refill my cup during the break, I had told myself that I would take a two week break from blogging, unless inspiration hit me (meaning no forced posts, but if one came about organically, then great). So, I didn’t publish a Tuesday blog post on Christmas Eve, but one did go out on New Year’s Eve. The problem from having taken a little break is that it threw me off track, and this morning I realized that I not only didn’t have an idea for this week’s post, but had no desire to sit down and write, either. Yikes.
So, at my oldest son’s practice this morning, I decided to catch up on my bullet journal instead. No laptop. No writing. No blogging. Even though I was trying to convince myself in my head that it was okay because I still had a couple of days to bang this out, I was stressing out because I knew that this week is going to be one busy one and I’m not sure I’ll have the energy to sit down and write after a full day of work right after a break. But I needed something worthy of sharing. I needed inspiration. And I didn’t have it. I always give this my all, and couldn’t.
It was exactly what I needed to see in that moment. How often do we only see extremes? Either I give it my all or I don’t do it at all. Either it is perfect, or it stays tucked away. But what if something is better than nothing? What if something is enough?
Rhiannon’s post then led me to the original post by @tinygiantlife which I strongly encourage you to read. It really resonated with me, and I’m sure it will with many educators, too.
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#tinytruth I am a girl of extremes. This is my nature. I am either desperately passionate about something, or indifferent. My mind can flip it’s interest switch on or off in an instant. This is both a blessing and a curse. Another contrast. My son and I joke that we are more robot than human – it’s all 1’s or 0’s with us. I think that’s why I’ve been quiet in these windows recently. My Instagram light went out and I was off exploring other realms. I also struggle with the thought of having so much to say, and nothing to say at the same time. When I have thoughts and ideas often my desire for perfection kicks in and then the overwhelm flicks my switch off… kind of like short circuiting I think. The blinds come down and I go quickly from letting go to holding close. One to Zero. A wise woman I know (looking at you @a_life_in_progress) once shared this gift with me. I don’t have to have it all planned out and coherent… I don’t need to do it all. Just do something. So this is my something for today… an image that helps my mind remember it is natural… not made by machines, and that it’s safe to play around with the concept of something… even if it doesn’t really know what that feels like just yet. Or where it may lead… Do you struggle with something… I feel she may be a fickle creature to hold, so at least we have that in common! #justdosomething #babysteps #startsmall #slowandsteady #tinygiant #infj #type5 #introvert #showup #mindfulness #fwfg
So, guess what?
This post is something, and it’s enough.
And as we head into 2020, and back to school after a break, remember that something — whatever your something may be — is enough.
You don’t have to do it all.
You don’t have to have it all figured out.
And you certainly don’t have to be perfect.
Something is better than nothing.