I found this in one of those free flyers you read in a fast food place and this quote jumped out at me. This applies to so much in my life now and when I was a student. I find the hardest thing to do is getting started. When I write blog posts, I have trouble deciding where to get started and have a bunch of ideas but not sure which one to build on. I have learned that I just need to pick one and get started. Sometimes this will lead me to a different idea that I can build on better but unless I get started, I never know where I will end up. I have a built in GPS system in my car where I can put in my destination and it will tell me how many miles and how much time to my destination. The only thing I have to do is get started in order for the calculations to take place. If I just sit still, nothing happens.
This also happens to me when I do crocheting. I have the hardest time starting a new project, but once I get started I hate to put it down. While I’m working on a project, I find my mind moving ahead to other projects I would like to do or ones I would like to learn. For some reason, the creative juices don’t flow if I’m just sitting still.
My husband and I feel this way when we start our walking regiment after a period of non walking. We used to walk 4 miles every day when we were at home but if we go on vacation, we have to start all over again. We start to break our routine into 1 mile segments and plan on walking one mile a day. Then if we feel up to it, we add another mile a day for a few days. As we continue, we get stronger and add more until we get up to 4 miles a day. Another thing that helps is that we encourage each other when one of us is ready to give up.
I have to remember that this happens with my students too. Sometimes it is hard for them to get started and I need to find a way to motivate them. I also need to show understanding when they have trouble getting started but nudge them to move in the right direction. If they realize that I too have been there, and will be there again in the future and that it is a normal part of life, students might not be stuck in one place. I hope by realizing this feeling, accepting that this feeling is normal, and moving in the right direction, my students can be more successful in my classroom.
Photo credit: one small step for penguin by foonus