Each summer, I have the opportunity to teach a class to college students. After coaching baseball among 10 years old boys and days spent with professionals of various generations, being on campus is a pleasant change of pace.
Being a teacher, a coach and a consultant have their distinct challenges. All of the aforementioned encompass a certainty:
With each day you'll feel in equal parts empowered and helpless
It's difficult stepping out onto the ledge with the intention of helping others (which is why most don't dare try). Those who are leaders may make it look natural but they prepare, practice and learn from their mistakes.
Every day brings it's fair share of frustrations and subtle advancements. It takes a steady demeanor to deal with life's peaks and valleys. The older you get the more you grow to navigate disappointment while recognizing the small advancements that result from bold effort.
Politics, social media and the entitlement of the arrogant have a way of distracting us from our true mission:
So, you try to keep 10 year old boys from thinking about video games. You do your best to plant seeds in the minds of the college-aged. You deal with people of all ages, every day, who sometimes need help getting out of their own way.
With every valley a climb to another peak.
With every failure an experience from which to learn.
With every victory a chance to remember (for a fleeting moment) that everything is going to be OK.
There is a brilliance in frustration that is driven by one's inability to tolerate incompetence. Successful people use frustration to format their action plan for change. Those who replicate failure do so on the lips of their complaints.
There are days when you feel as though your volunteer effort is all for not. Then a subtle reminder lays down your burden.
.... and in these fleeting moments, you remember life's purpose
Don't Forget to Remember,