Monday, November 22, 2010

It Would Be So Easy...

For the past month, I have been working a full time and 2 part-time jobs. My karate training has been non-existent. I can count on one hand the number of classes I taught in November. Thanksgiving Day marks the end of our busy season at work. I am starting to see the light at the end of the work tunnel.

It would be so easy NOT to resume regular karate practice. The holidays are fast approaching and I have a lot of catching up to do. I need to file eight weeks of paperwork, balance my checkbook (I am behind 2 months), post to write and cookies to bake. I would like to complete several half-finished projects at home. I look forward to getting more than five hours of sleep a night. I have December 1st circled on my calendar because my gym membership will restart after a three month hold.

It would be so easy to take a break from karate.

While I was contemplating extending my karate break, John Vesia's post about Making Time appeared in my Google Reader.

Everyone has a busy life. If you have a family, a career, and various responsibilities, life can indeed be a burdensome. It's easy to say "I don't have time to train with everything that's going on." And every time you let it go, it just gets easier and easier to say that. But if you can slip in just one training session a week, you'll be better off.

After reading his post, I realized I needed to start "showing up".

Thanks John! Your post was exactly what I needed to read.


Rick said...

Why do you insist on beating yourself up? The peak work times are a part of the rhythm of your life. Rather than fight it, go along with it.

During periods where I become busy and am not able to train as I'd like, I take the opportunity to examine what I'm doing,why I'm doing it, and how I might do it better. I take my practice apart and put it back together again with fresh plans.

Instead of seeing the interruption as an obstacle, look at it as an opportunity.

Michele said...

Rick: Thank you for your insight. I believe I am overthinking my reduced training schedule. It feels a bit different this busy season. Work has been extremely difficult due to product delays. Our shipping window was compressed into two weeks. Usually by Thanksgiving I am looking foward to karate class. This year...I am looking forward to a nap. :)

John Vesia said...

Working three jobs is a lot to have on anyone's plate. Hopefully you'll get a much deserved break soon.

Thanks for the link, Michele. I'm glad you liked my article.

Stacy Strunk said...

Sometimes just going to class helps, don't you think? We often take off the last class before or after a holiday and (with the hustle and bustle of family and friends) I feel lost and can't even think about training. But, then, I get back into that first class again and I get re-energized. But maybe it's different when you're actually teaching.