I’ve been feeling the need to write, but the words fly around in my head in an unorganized melee. It reminds me of the scene in Harry Potter when the keys are flying around as they try to get to the Chamber of Secrets.
Perhaps it’s because I have too many pots in the fire and I need to pull some out. I’ve gone out on a limb often this month with new situations and while I welcome them, it takes a lot of energy to focus and plan. I delivered a training session for Pratt & Whitney this week. Corporate training is a new area for me but I was completely captivated by the processes and procedures at the plant. I’m also in the process of collaborating with the nursing programs at the College and the U of L to facilitate a 150 person session on curriculum. Yikes! Even though I’m looking forward to the collaboration, the size of the group makes me a little nervous. I also have a session coming up with SafeNetAB on distracted driving for which I just finished writing the session description.
It Can Wait
“I heard a beep and I looked down”. “I only looked away from the road for a moment”. Have you heard these words before? It takes approximately 4.6 seconds to read a text message. Driving at 90 kilometres per hour, your vehicle will travel roughly 123 meters. In that time, disaster can strike. It’s past time to educate ourselves and others on the dangers of distracted driving. Hearing my story will help you approach the subject with your teens and others.
All of the new adventures I’ve taken on are welcome. I enjoy working with people, and speaking, corporate training and facilitation help me grow.
This unsettled feeling of unease comes and goes. No matter how centred and well I feel, Sherry is still not far from my mind. Today while I was making Isaiah’s bed, she was on my mind and I can’t even remember why. In the grocery store, I passed a magazine that had something on the title about seeing a death, and there she was, in my mind. While there is less of that uneven ground it is still there for me.
The good news is that I can find even ground, and I think the too many pots in the fire is actually helping me find that balance. We did an activity for our team that really showed me that I was missing the creative part of my life. At the time, I thought that meant only my music and I was missing my music. And I am, I am missing my music. But I’m also missing having a farther reach and creativity means many things. I had to be creative in my delivery for Pratt & Whitney, and think of their needs and what would speak to them. I will need to be creative to keep 150 people engaged, positive and critically thinking for an entire day of redesign. Public speaking always demands creativity to engage with your audience.
I’ve also committed to playing in church once a month to ensure I’m still performing even in an undemanding situation. Along the way, I can guide and lead others around me.
We start marathon club soon and I’m looking forward to the weeks of training that will lead to my first ultramarathon. I’m actually excited to run miles and miles. It’s the challenge, and the friendship. Sherry and I ran so much together, I know she will pop into my mind during some of those runs. Some days will be positive, those days when things are going well, the sun is shining and the running feels easy. But there will be days that will be tough, when the weather is poor, my legs feel like lead and my mind is forced to overcome. I hope that Sherry’s toughness and encouragement will be with me in these times and keep my feet moving.
In the meantime, I’ll keep moving towards even ground.