This is it. Back-to-school week for teachers. And I’m not ready.
Oh, I’m “ready.” I’ve gone to Office Depot for a boatload of supplies. I’ve paid Toyota a significant amount of money for scheduled maintenance on my car. I have the weeksheets typed up for my first week of lessons. I even practiced using my alarm clock on Saturday. (I had an early–9 a.m.–appointment for a pedicure. At least my toes are ready for school.)
But I’m not ready. Besides the fact that I’m currently on a 1 -9 a.m sleep cycle and that waking up to the alarm at 5:30 a.m. is going to kill me, there is still stuff I wanna do. I still have beeswax to play with. I have more things to order from random suppliers to make more lip balm. I haven’t learned how to make candles. I haven’t found seeds to plant in my fall garden. The little “fill-your-own-teabags” that I bought online…well, they aren’t filled. I haven’t ordered cute little jars to put my bath salts in.
I know, I know, these are not critical. The world will not end because the parsley is not planted. It’s just that once school starts, nothing will get done except school. This is why certain teachers I know (and Linda H, you are not the only one!) address their Christmas cards in July.
I bought a tee-shirt in June when I toured the Celestial Seasonings tea factory in Boulder, Colorado. Underneath a picture of the SleepyTime bear is the quote: “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” What a lovely Zen-like thought. It kind of even works as a calmness motivator–in summer. It’s pretty laughable during the school year, though, when Mother Nature calls and you have three minutes to push past pokey teenagers in the hallway to get to the restroom–and back.
I’ve spent the summer doing one thing at a time. (Sometimes not even that much.) Now it is time to re-enter the world of constant multi-tasking. And I don’t want to. I want to continue to do one thing at a time. Is it possible to boycott multi-tasking? Is it possible to make a stand for focus in an ADD society? What would happen if I not only said, “I can’t do three things at once!” but I actually didn’t try to?
Every year teachers get asked to do more and more in the same amount of time. I think I reached my saturation point last year. So I begin this year wondering, is it possible to not hurry and get everything accomplished? I don’t know. I’m curious to try. And when I fail, well, that’s what the bath salts are for.
Kathy Harp – visit her personal blog Maywood Living.Are you receiving your free digital subscription to The Zone Magazine? If not, click here!