The week before winter break is never easy for a middle school teacher. The combination of high energy and anticipation levels of the students juxtaposed with the need to finish units, projects and assessments makes for an exhausting experience. Add to that the needs of my own children at home, the cards, gifts and holiday cheer and I am not sure if I am coming or going.
Late last night as Leno wrapped up his monologue, I catch myself in an unsettling space between gearing up and winding down. A kaleidoscope of ‘to-dos’ spins through my mind. Fortunately, sleep kicks in, and eight short hours later, I have a flash of clarity.
After driving through the mountains in the predawn hours, my son and I pass Donner Lake, and in that moment, as the water and sky met and steam hissed from its surface, I quickly stop the car. My brain pauses and we drink in the tranquility of the water before us. Silently I breathe deeply, wait, and shift back into gear with a new sense of calm.
Try it. Breathe. Pause. Wait. Shift.
mamawolfeDecember 20, 2011
Hi Yee Family-thanks for following!Reply
Hi Kathy-glad you liked the photo!
Nancy-nature does really help us slow down, doesn’t it?
Hi Mike-thanks, I will!
Hi DustBunny-You’re welcome-enjoy yourself!
thedustbunnychronicles.comDecember 19, 2011
Love it! So pure and true. Glad you were able to pause in the moment AND have a witness 🙂Reply
and thanks for allowing me to do the same!
MikeDecember 19, 2011
that’s an important lesson, even without looming holidays. Take a minute to relax and catch a breath before going on. great reminder, lovely pictureReply
Nancy @ A Rural JournalDecember 19, 2011
I’m glad that you remember to pause and appreciate nature’s beauty, even at this busy time for you. Happy Holidays! 🙂Reply
KathyDecember 19, 2011
Gorgeous photo and beautiful post as always!Reply
Yee FamilyDecember 19, 2011
How peaceful! New follower from blog hop 🙂
mamawolfeDecember 19, 2011
Hi Rebecka, I’m glad you liked the photo. My 12 year old son took it!Reply
Hi Jenny-glad to meet a fellow teacher! Good luck with student teaching and all-it’s worth it!
Hi Perspective- I like the idea of taking in more oxygen…makes all the hustle and bustle a little easier to handle.
Michael Ann- giggle giggle!
Hi Barb- I spent today outside in the mountains, too. I feel so much better!
My Inner ChickDecember 19, 2011
–I work for the schools, too.
Can’t wait until break next week 🙂
Have a wonderul holiday. Savor your family. XReply
barbfromanDecember 19, 2011
I don’t think Michael Ann meant to say that…but you know…it works…and it’s true. We just went hiking in the mountains this weekend for this very pupoose…to get away from all the crap.Reply
Thanks for the smile and slow-down reminder.
Michael AnnDecember 18, 2011
Ahhh…once you are able to shit those gears, it sure feels good!Reply
Perspective ParentingDecember 18, 2011
That photo made me stop, admire, relax and breathe. You’re right, it is a challenge to do this time of year. Thanks for sharing and reminding me to take in a little more oxygen.Reply
Jenny at dapperhouseDecember 18, 2011
I am following your blog and stumbled your post! Good advice here… I will take your advice and find ways to relax and find some calm to switch gears from working late hours and Christmas and blog…to full time student teaching second grade and my certification test in Jan. I really love your blog! Glad we could connect!Reply
At Home with RebeckaDecember 18, 2011
What a tranquil setting and beautiful photo! I experience the same calm satisfaction from natures beauty! Thanks you for sharing your lovely photo! Happy to meet you via Val Curtis!!Reply