Today, my lead is the question that is lingering in my head all week.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with expectations you perceive other people have of you? Specially at this time of year, I often do!
In my teaching world, the spring season brings not only nicer weather and more opportunities for outdoor recess! It is the time when we start to see the end of the year in focus. There are students who are making HUGE personal gains in reading and writing and yet, their parents (and I) want them to be "on level." The students, in spite of all our work, are not yet there, but they are making progress. At times, I feel like I should do more....
In my job as a professor, I TRY to be supportive and give feedback and opportunities to revise and to read and reread work. In spite of all my efforts, I can't make everyone happy all the time. At times, I wish there were more hours in a day!
In my home life, I try to be a cheerful and supportive wife but it is hard when the papers and emails are demanding my immediate attention. At times, I order Chinese food and at times I feel inadequate.
In my role of mother to adult children, I try to be a cheerful and supportive mother who is always there when needed, but it too is hard with busy lives and I think my children might see me as "too" busy. At times, I feel inadequate.
In my roles of Auntie, Sister, Daughter, Niece, & Friend I have the same feelings at times. If there were a few more hours in every day I might have that bustle finished and would have breakfast with my dearest friends. I'd stop by more often and call more often and be there for others.....
If I really start to REFLECT on my life, these perceptions are more likely MY feelings than others.