So I’ve got two New Year’s Resolutions so far:
- Do one thing at a time, with full concentration.
- Enjoy the work.
The first one is pretty self-explanatory, but by the second one, I mean I want to take pride in the work itself. (I’m on the warpath on this one ... my poor students.) Our society, our educational system, everything ... we all tend to focus on results. It’s probably why everything is test-this and test-that. I definitely think tests have their place, but I can also see how sometimes tests get in the way of learning. And sometimes they help learning.
But whatever, the fact is that we tend to motivate ourselves and others by the end result.
That’s definitely motivating, but whatever happened to good old-fashioned pride in the hard work itself? Working hard is a character trait, a character value, something to be immensely proud of.
And when you think of it, that trophy or prize you earn doesn’t give you pride. It represents all your hard work; that’s why it makes you feel good.
So my question is, why should we wait to feel proud of ourselves? Why wait for the end result to feel proud of our hard work and effort? Why not feel proud of ourselves every day, for every bit of work we do? For both the grand goals we make for ourselves and the little ones, like cleaning the living room or vacuuming the carpet?
The same applies to enjoying life. Why wait until the house is perfect to feel happy? Why not feel happy with each piece of dust you pick up? Why not feel happy with each word you type? Why wait until it’s done?
The results only happen in small moments here and there. The majority of our life is made up of the work. So I guess, this year, I want to stop waiting to enjoy life. I want to enjoy work.
Okay, and I kinda want to teach myself to enjoy cleaning. Hah! We’ll see how that works out.
That’s two goals. I’m working on the "idea" ones. I’ll get to the nitty-gritty like No More Sugar! pretty soon. I hope.
What about you? How are your New Year’s Resolutions shaping up?