Today started out to be very difficult. I was having a lot of very uncomfortable symptoms. I honestly didn’t know how I was going to be able to make it to the class I teach each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. I needed to cancel two other appointments that had been scheduled for today, which upset me.
I’ve lost count of how many times this has happened over the years, to be perfectly honest. Still, I tried to use my best coping skills. I’ve trained myself not to think in all/nothing terms.
I focused my remaining energies on being able to perform the one essential task on my agenda today: teaching my class. I decided that although they were important, my other two appointments could, after all, be rescheduled for later dates.
This relieved some of the increased pressure that I was feeling. I used the time that would have been spent going to my other two appointments to simply rest. This helped me to feel improved enough to tackle teaching my class.
Once again, teaching class was fantastic! It feels so very good to be able to share my clinical experiences and insights with students, as well as to engage in meaningful discussions with them.
Not to sound arrogant, but I genuinely surprise myself with all of the detailed information that I am able to share with my students during lectures; I relate insights gleaned from my academic, research, clinical, and mentoring responsibilities, spanning a period of many years.
Again, I am so deeply appreciative of having the opportunity to teach once again. Tonight, I’m glad that I took a chance.