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7:35am, Jose walked out the door to begin his fifth year in Kettering Public Schools. Today he starts his sophomore year.

Jose is always normally up by 6:50am, but this morning I realized he was still in bed at 7:10am. By 7:25am he was bouncing into my room, following his shower, and showing off what he thought would be a new hair style for the start of the year; however, he returned it to the usual before heading out the door.

Today, only the freshmen and sophomore students attend, to be joined by the true upper-classmen tomorrow.

For me, the new teaching schedule began yesterday, and all ran smoothly. Mondays I will teach from 2:00pm until 8:30pm, my longest day. Tuesdays are slim – at the moment, with Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays filled.

Today, I will write from 9:00am-Noon, but I may get started early as there is nothing pressing for the day which requires my immediate attention. After eating, napping, and walking, I will write some more until Jose returns home to chatter happily about his first day. It is hard telling how many of his friends the door will belch out. Tonight also begins the weekly band rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The cool temperatures feel more like late October, but how welcome they are after that heat wave of last week.

Things We Don’t Want To Do

Most of us have had the experience of tackling some dreaded task only to come out the other side feeling invigorated, filled with a new sense of confidence and strength. The funny thing is, most of the time when we do them, we come out on the other side changed and often wondering what we were so worried about or why it took us so long. We may even begin to look for other tasks we’ve been avoiding so that we can feel that same heady mix of excitement and completion.

Whether we avoid something because it scares us or bores us, or because we think it will force a change we’re not ready for, putting it off only creates obstacles for us. On the other hand, facing the task at hand, no matter how onerous, creates flow in our lives and allows us to grow. The relief is palpable when we stand on the other side knowing that we did something even though it was hard or we didn’t want to do it. On the other hand, when we cling to our comfort zone, never addressing the things we don’t want to face, we cut ourselves off from flow and growth.

We all have at least one thing in our life that never seems to get done. Bringing that task to the top of the list and promising ourselves that we will do it as soon as possible is an act that could liberate a tremendous amount of energy in our lives. Whatever it is, we can allow ourselves to be fueled by the promise of the feelings of exhilaration and confidence that will be the natural result of doing it.

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