Friday, January 16, 2009

Swallow the frog first...

I got an email a couple months back that contained a story along the following lines:

Imagine that you have a rewarding and comfortable life except for one thing. In exchange for this life, you have to eat a frog every day. From the time you wake up, the thought of this unwelcome task is always in the back of your mind, draining your energy in ways you don't even fully realize. The solution to this problem is to swallow the frog first!

So, that's become my number 1 New Year's resolution. I'm swallowing the frog first! Every day, I've been trying to pinpoint the one thing on my to-do list that I most dread doing. That item then becomes the first thing I attempt to resolve. I have to admit that this simple change is working amazingly well for me. Even things that have seemed like huge problems have, for the most part, been solved by 10:00 in the morning, leaving me free to enjoy the rest of my day. It's only two weeks into the new year and I've swallowed all my on-going "big frogs". Now I've just got a handful of tiny ones to work on.

Wish me luck, warts and all.


Donna said...

I hear blog post today is my "swallowing the frog"...something that has been lurking in my mind for years.

Thanks for your comments on my blog. You're right... I don't blame the teachers. I can't imagine trying to teach 30 kids who have all different needs, strengths and weaknesses. But as you say...I am my childs best advocate so I have the primary responsibility to make sure that I do the absolute best I can to ensure their success.
Thanks for the website info. I will definitely check that out. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with me. I will be interested to follow your progress and decisions regarding Dakota's education.


Barb said...

Wow! I love this idea. I think I may be brave and try this. You are always so encouraging! Miss you bunches!

michelle said...

Ooh. I love this idea... and dread it at the same time! ;) Okay, I will try it today. The kitchen is my frog today. Here I go... really, I'm going to pull myself away from blogger...any minute now... ooh. Dreadfully hard! ;)