I like to listen to podcasts as I get ready in the morning. This particular morning, I was listening to Judge John Hodgman. He told of his friend’s child who was not getting enough nutrients and was diagnosed with “failure to thrive”.
It’s interesting because I’ve been thinking a lot about thriving, even if not using that particular word. My friend Bekah from Pretty Little Snippets sent me a couple articles to read, both were about margins and whitespace in our lives. And then the Joy the Baker podcast got me to listen to this Google Talk on Willpower. Kelly McGonigal basically says that if you sleep more and have more rest time in your life, you can boost your “willpower”, or rather enable yourself to make decisions based on long term goals rather than impulses. Our mental health professional at school has also been talking a lot about the idea of meditation to help our kids out.
… so then I started meditating. I’ve been using the Headspace app. My conversation with my partner Joel about it went something like this:
Me: Sorry I didn’t answer your call earlier; I was meditating.
Joel: You mean napping?
Me: No, meditating.
Joel: You mean watching TV?
All this is really new for me right now, so it’s hard for me to express too many of my own ideas. It certainly has me thinking though. I look at my students who are often failing to thrive… physically… emotionally. I think about how I feel so much of the time, and there’s no reason I shouldn’t be thriving. … so I’m going to keep doing this thing called life, keep listening to podcasts in my slippers and robe, and try to get just a smidgen more quiet time into my life.
… also, if I go down to the kindergarten rooms in the afternoon, this one teacher who is really into ballet makes me plank, which way sucks. … so sorry guys, I can’t, I’ve got to get a little bit more me time… white space… thriving… you know…