Ever have one of those days where nothing seems to be going right? Well that certainly is how my day started yesterday teaching a Step class for a colleague. Confusion started when the class was changed to a different room. No biggie. I find everyone patiently waiting for me. I go to set up the music and I have no idea how to use this contraption resembling a DJ’s soundboard. Thank goodness my director anticipated my utter confusion and showed up. The class is still waiting.
Yes!!!! Finally! We have music and are ready to roll.
I promised to make it up to everyone in the class because of the late start. They're there to get a great workout, both physically and mentally. For some it is what keeps them sane throughout the rest of their day.
Within minutes the music is skipping and throwing the entire class off; throwing me off. OK this was not working. People are getting frustrated. Now I'm freaking out on the inside but need to keep the energy up and have a super positive attitude on the outside to keep everyone else' energy up. The MOM in me made the choice to turn every issue into an opportunity and instructed the class to do the same.
Here are 3 things that happened:
I had to change up the choreography that I had planned for the class. Simpler was going to be best here. My goal was to not only have everyone leave having had a great workout, but they had to have fun!!!!!
The same idea can be applied to dinner plans or a weekend - sometimes simplifying will make for a better experience for everyone – including ourselves?
When have you had beautifully made plans for dinner or the weekend, for example, and something throws everything off? Sometimes simplifying on the fly makes for a better experience for everyone – including ourselves?
We are constantly bombarded with life's little surprises that will derail us if we let them. We get to choose how we respond to them.
The class turned into a totally different experience (and workout) than any of us thought possible. One filled with lessons on the power of "keeping it positive", and sweaty grateful members. And it all seemed worth it when I heard the words. "Great Job!
Life will throw throw us for a loop sometimes. That’s just life.
So next time you find yourself getting derailed:
You've got this. Have a great week!
Michelle Weber is the owner of Family Enrichment Tools, LLC and the creator of the Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards. Her passion is helping families reconnect around the family dinner table while celebrating choices and character. Start your new family traditions today. Be sure to connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter
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