My little munchkins just got back from school. I thought to treat them to a little something special. So I leave them watching TV in the sitting room for a while, go into the kitchen and get on with it. Ofcourse I peeped through the door pin hole from time to time to ensure that everything was okay.
I was almost done cooking when I noticed some members of my clan playing – running around one of the chairs. Not like that was entirely unusual but as I observed the excitement, I became concerned at the speed at which they played. So like a good mum would, I tried to intervene. “please stop running around in circles oooo, so you don’t trip and injure yourselves” I screamed! Surprisingly, my youngest son stopped and sat down quietly. The older one on the other hand, seemed unperturbed by my motherly apprehensions. Rather than stop, he went on running around the chair in circles, this time ‘chanting’ as he ran. “I will not fall, I won’t give up, I will not quit, I can do this!” For a split second I thought to give him some serious spanking, then I stopped and went back to my cooking. We wouldn’t want the food burnt now, would we?
Food is ready and served and we all can’t wait to eat except this one son of mine who continued at his running game and chants. The rest of us just ate on and let him be. Surely in a matter of minutes or half an hour, he came to and asked for his food. He ate it all up, took a shower and went to bed earlier that day than usual.
As the day winds down, I lay on my bed and I cannot shake off the thoughts about what had happened earlier on. Sometimes we ‘bump’ into some unintended work or circumstance. Yeah life has a knack for bringing ‘tests’ our way.
One weekend, I happened to be at the office to pick an item I forgot. I ran into my boss who was so glad I came by because he had this project that he’d been working on but couldn’t quite conclude. You guessed right. He doesn’t ask for my help. He instructs me to work on the project and revert with my findings within a tight time frame. You don’t want to know how that went. I only wish my son had come up with this short course or master class earlier. I bet I would have handled that situation better.
Have you had to take an exam over and again because you failed at your previous attempts? Have you had your world and source of stability yanked off under you and felt like you didn’t have the will to go on living? Please hold on. Be strong. While you are holding on however, remember to engage in conscious positive mental exercises. Meditate, ponder, reaffirm yourself, chant if you must: I will not fall, I won’t give up, I will not quit, I can do this!”. Don’t just stop at the affirmations though, get to work!