The Beautiful Side of Life the midst of quarantine ... part VII

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The last two weeks are still important

I have heard these sentences from students more than anything this week, "there's only two weeks left, so I'm not putting in much effort," "that quiz was only worth 5 points, so I didn't do it," "my grade is good enough if I don't do much else." Let's face it ... distance learning is getting old for a lot of us.

The first couple of weeks is the chaos of figuring out new systems and a new normal. Now we are hitting the point that the end is in sight and sometimes we are simply over schoolwork.

When you are running a race, that last little bit can be brutal. You're exhausted, your body aches, and your mind can be telling you to quit. But once you hit that finish line this sense of relief and victory takes over. Accomplishment feels amazing and makes all of the hard work worth it.

I get that these last couple of weeks can be tough, but don't waste your whole year by giving up at the very end. The last two weeks still matter. Finish strong!

Viktor Frankl

Someone who inspires me:

Between 1942 and 1945 Viktor Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience, Frankl says that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory says that our primary drive in life is discovery and the pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

Why does he inspire me? Because he took unimaginable suffering and instead of becoming angry and resentful, he let it drive him to inspire others to find joy and purpose no matter what life throws our way.

Who inspires you?

Take 20 minutes out of your day to grab a notebook, a pencil, and your phone or ChromeBook. Look up information on someone in history who inspires you. Find as many answers to these questions about that person as you can:

-What was their childhood like?

-What were some of their struggles?

-What were some of their biggest failures?

-What were some of their greatest accomplishments?

-What mark did they leave on history?

-Did their accomplishments come out of failures and hardships?

-What about their life inspires you and why?

-What part of their story leaves the biggest impact on you?

Operation: Hydrate!

Are you feeling sluggish? Tired out? Need a simple mood booster? Drink water!

It's a simple concept, and certainly isn't a cure for all the things life throws our way ... but hydrating our bodies significantly boosts our body's ability to function ... physically and mentally! Have you been drinking your daily quota of water? Click on the link below to print out your daily water tracker. The general rule is: 5-8 year old: 5 glasses (8 oz.)/day; 9-12 year old: 7 glasses/day; 13+: 8-10 glasses/day

I have to be honest, I was doing great on this up until today. I don't know if I just got busy or wasn't paying attention, but I didn't meet my quota today. But, tomorrow is a new day. So if you haven't started yet, or even miss a day here and there, get back in the game (...and I will too).

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Random Acts of Kindness

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Why making your bed leads to great things...

How Being In Quarantine Can Change The World | Goalcast /McRaven "Make Your Bed" Speech

A little food for thought:

The Great Realisation | Tomfoolery

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