I have always been a very task oriented person. This is a continuous struggle as it can lead to a life of imbalance. This weekend I didn't have much planned, other than being productive. I had grand plans of working on report cards, going into my classroom to prep for the next science unit, and working on lesson plans. However; when I awoke yesterday I realized that not only was the power out, but the temperature outside was 85 degrees and it wasn't even 8 AM. As the temperature began to rise, I became more miserable and decided to go to the pool. This wasn't in my original plans, but because I'm working on being more flexible, I thought this would be a great way to cool down. I swam a few laps and basked in the fact that I didn't feel hot. As I was finishing, one of my students showed up with his family. I sat on the edge of the kiddie pool and talked with his mom as he swam. It was so nice to catch up with her and as I left an hour later, I realized I had just had a conversation that wouldn't have happened had I stuck through the heat and the no power and tried to check off my to-do list. I came back and turned on my fan, since the power had returned, and just read my book. I caught up on some emails and relaxed. I didn't feel like working on report cards and so after dinner and some more reading, I went to bed, deciding Sunday would be a much more productive day.
You may have guessed it, I awoke to the same heat and the same story. After church, I came home and threw myself on my bed, feeling hot and tired. I started working on report cards and finished one before the power went out. I continued to work since my computer battery was charged, but soon started to feel tired. I took a nap and then went back to the pool because the heat was just too much. When I walked through the gate leading to the pool, I was amazed to see how many people were there, enjoying the water. Seeing that I wasn't the only one that needed to cool off, I started to rethink my plan for the weekend. I had completely failed as far as being productive and doing work. However; I had rested and relaxed. I believe the heat and other extraneous circumstances played a big part in my decisions, but I was thankful for them because they forced me to change my plans and allow my body to rest. I am taking away an important lesson from this weekend. One is that I am going to have to toughen up and get used to this heat, but more importantly, rest is crucial for all of us. It also helped me to realize that I must be more flexible and have grace for myself when my plans do not work out. I have no doubt that I'll still get everything finished in time and I can now begin the week well rested and not quite as hot, at least until tomorrow morning that is!