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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Head of Your Class

It is challenging to be alive.  I don't care who you are, what you have or do, there is always something to overcome... but that's what reminds us we're still actively living .  It always seems that just when you start to feel like you've got it all figured out, something inevitably comes along that changes that... but that's a good thing.

Life is like school, once you learn something, you move on to the next.  First you learn numbers, then addition, then multiplication, then algebra... and so on.  Looking back from your algebra homework, the numbers seem so obvious.  If I was to point at the number 8 and ask you what number it is, you wouldn't think twice.  However, at one point, that would've been a tough one for you.  Now imagine if I tried to teach you that that was the #8.  You'd probably get annoyed, and bored... because you already know that.  Life is no different. We all have to start with the basics and keep learning and working our way to the harder stuff, and no matter how hard it gets... there's always harder stuff!  We all learn different lessons, at different speeds, but we're always learning.  Somethings may be harder for one person than the next... somethings may take years to fully understand... and there may be some lessons you never even make it to, in this lifetime anyway.  The point is, it's all part of the lesson plan we are assigned to.

 I was talking to a friend today who is feeling lost, frustrated, and hopeless... like things aren't getting better, that after all this time, life is still hard.  I myself have struggled with these same feelings.  Why do I feel like no matter what I do I'm still here?  Why is it that every time I feel like I finally get where I need to be, something happens?  What is it that will make me happy?  How do I get there?  Well... I am here, and so are you.

Wherever you are at this moment is exactly where you are supposed to be.   If you think someone else's plan is any easier... maybe they're still in 2nd grade and you're in college, but you can trust they're having to do their homework too! Whether you're struggling through a tough equation, or feeling good about an essay you just got an A+ on, you are in the middle of your lesson plan at all times.  I know it's hard to accept, especially when you feel like whatever lesson you're working on is one you've tried over and over and are about to give up on... but that's the thing about life's lessons... you can't give up until you get it... and you can't look at anyone else to compare notes, because we're all in our own class.

What you can do, is just know that you will get it eventually, and go easy on yourself... and others. You can tackle a little at a time, knowing that with each try, be it a failure or success, you're still learning.  You can take a break if you're tired of working on something, and clear your head by going on to something that you enjoy.  The difficult lesson will be there waiting, whether you like it or not ;-)  You can also be compassionate to others by accepting whatever lesson they're working on, rather than judging them... and helping them if you can. After all, even though our lessons are very different, we're all still learning!

Today's Silver Lining

"You went to school to learn girl, Things you never, never knew before, Like "I" before "E" except after "C", And why 2 plus 2 makes 4, Now, now, now, I'm gonna teach you, Teach you, teach you

All about love girl, All about love, Sit yourself down, take a seat, All you gotta do is repeat after me, A B C, It's easy as, 1 2 3, As simple as, do re mi."  ABC- by The Jackson 5

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