Saturday, May 10, 2008
Are We Testing or Am I Just A Little Testy
Whew! State testing is over, and I really believe that the majority of my students did their best. Summer vacation is just around the corner and I can't wait!
My body has a way of letting me know when the stress is too much to be ignored. Let's see, my skin has broken out, and I have lost hair. Ignoring these things only caused the symptoms to escalate. On Monday, I started having muscle spasms in my neck and left shoulder. I made an appointment for a massage on Monday, during the staff meeting. The massage therapist found out I was under a great deal of stress and decided I would be a good person to experiment on. (I have yet to see the logic behind her decision.) She had me hold warm rocks in my hands and rub them, as she worked on me. That's when the control freak in me tried to take over the relaxation process. "The rocks are my problems and they easily fit in the palm of my hand", I thought. "Gee, I have hard problems, and they're heavy too", I contemplated. Okay, okay...Let's try this. "I am the rocks. I am tough and able to crush the stress." Better. "Gee, I'm so hard, and I'm not as warm as I was when I started. No wonder people don't get too close to me." That was clearly not the right approach either. As the therapist plunged her elbow deep into my shoulder, I considered that throwing the rocks might be the best thing to do.