July 11, 2017
I have finally gotten into my summer frame of mind. It took 1O days this year. Never really sure what summer mindset is at the beginning of summer, I flounder around for days on end making lists and thinking about projects, never really getting out of my school year skin. But today, I remembered.
A long summer list made after I’ve carted home more books and things that can ever read in eight weeks. Then set all these goals and things making endless lists that won’t be finished in a day, but then finally settle in.
I never know what settling in will look or feel like. Sometimes I don’t realize at first that I’m settled in, but then it strikes me. Today, it struck me when I was patiently scrubbing the soot on the fireplace stones. Spray, scrub, rinse, examine. Spray, scrub, rinse, examine. This is it, I thought. The patience to consider a task, be mindful in the task, and most of the time, complete the task. Though I have been known to abandon. Even in that abandonment, there is peace.
Yesterday, I spent a few hours rearranging every single drawer in my bedroom. I sorted through jewelry, repositioning it, touching all of it. Lingering in memories. I arranged my shirts in the art of tidying up, carefully rolled and sorted by color. Testing all of the pens in the bedside drawer. Thinking about their lifespan, their origins, their journey. One day repotting plants. On and on it goes. Sometimes studying an idea, reading, looking up something, lingering. Lingering in my thoughts.
There isn’t the time for this during the school year. Lists are made. Tasks checked off. Constant movement, all the time. There should be time. That’s what’s needed in our work with students and their teachers. Thoughtfulness, mindfulness, consciousness, time. Being a fan of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, this should come to mind… Begin with the end in mind. First Things First. Sharpen the Saw.
So when we have put our summer selves away this year, let’s keep this one bit going. Be conscious in our acts. Be patient with ourselves. Be present in the moment. It will take as long as it takes.
Continue to linger.
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