Our trusted Facilitator and loved SuperCamp administrator Marina McDonald shares some whooshed Thanksgiving love.
Watch this video and then ask yourself, what is it that you like in your life?:
Thanksgiving comes around and I find myself still sitting at the kids table with a paper plate and spork. I sigh deeply, look at my 30 year old sister and laugh because she is sitting next to me.
At SuperCamp I listed a series of “I am” statements including “I am a teacher, I am a friend, I am hilarious” in the first step to writing realistic, specific and measurable goals for myself. I took time to reflect on who I am and the goals I set. Admittedly, I would have to look back at my playbook to find specifically (how ironic) which goals I talked about. What happened to the goals you set at camp? How far along are you to accomplishing those goals?
In high school, I focused on the obstacles I faced to get to college including parents, teachers and the multitude of never ending exams.
College: same thing. I was focused on getting past these “obstacles” so I could enjoy life in the job I worked so hard for.
With this perspective, I was trudging through life. I did not realize until now that in high school and college I was growing, learning and developing those “I am” statements. Reality check.
Every Thanksgiving, I look in the mirror and reflect on what I am thankful for. Just like the little girl, I love my house, I love my mom and why not?–even my haircut. Simple things shift my focus from looking at the obstacles to admiring the opportunities.
In the end, I replace my “attitude” with “gratitude.” I am grateful for all the work my mom put into making my lunches, taking me to school, and making sure I got what I needed all before she headed to the factory to work a 10-hour shift. I am grateful for the teachers who were constantly reminding me what assignments I was missing so they could catch up on a huge pile of papers to grade while they mulled over their leftover choices.
Reflect on your camp. Reflect on life. What are your goals? Who are you grateful for?
What are you saying to yourself in the mirror?
Sweet haircut, by the way.