Today I will be recording my presentation for the Winning Summit. Then it will be edited and submitted by Friday at 6pm. The plan is for it to be a taut, informative presentation. Currently, I am recovering from driving 1,200 Miles in a 5 day period of time, a mild bout of food poisoning, a mild case of burn out, and the retirement of Roger Federer, so I need to summon some energy to make this thing happen. Tuesday I was a bit low on energy having spent 10 hours on the road coming back from Bend, Oregon back to the Bay Area, but my students somehow knew that I needed a boost, so they were being extra nice to me. That was nice. Part of my talk is going to be about how we are not invincible, and the myth of 24/7/365.
It’s important to put on a brave exterior at times. It’s also important to tell the truth about how we are feeling and what we are going through. I was stunned about a year ago when someone with whom I am close had a stroke. We had been in the midst of making a lot of plans to work together and advance things, moving the needle. That all came to a grinding halt. My short term mission became helping as I could with getting him through the stroke recovery, but then going back to working on my own personal mission. To say it wasn’t a blow, a set back, an adversity would be insincere.
Here we are much later and everyone is doing quite well, but I have hit a little bump in the road. I plan to do my very best and let the chips fall where they will. My goal is that no one will be able to tell that I’m a little off, and also to practice all the recovery techniques I’m teaching. Part of it is in growing through the space. I’m staying full present. Part of it is in maximizing my recovery as best I can, and some good sleep aids in that. Putting the time in and asking for help is also good.
Rather than pretend as though I have all this stuff nailed and am practically perfect in every way like Mary Poppins, I think it’s more important for you to see that I need everything you do. Maybe I can convince you not to be so brave. Perhaps you can step away from the 24/7/365 mentality. You might spend more time taking care of your brain, and then it will serve it’s turn longer and better for you. Even though the tortoise was moving more slowly, it covered my territory by measured means, defeating the rabbit went to exhaustion, then needed to take a break during the competition.
So, I hope you like me will work smarter, not harder. I'm stretched close to my limit, but I didn't allow myself to get close to the breaking point!
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