It’s not about me

I’m a busy person. Those who know me wonder how I continue to keep going. I work full time, go to school full time, a full time mother, and wife. I know it sounds weird saying full time mother and wife but it’s true. Mothers and wives don’t get sick days, or days off. Mothers and wives have to do their job even when they’re tired. Each semester I attend school I know I’m a step closer to finishing but sometimes it gets tough. One of my teachers this semester loves class engagement and she expects us to be aware of the events that are going on in the world. I don’t like watching news because it can be depressing but it’s good to know sometimes because what happens in the world can affect us, our children, and the future children of the world. Last week it snowed so I only attended class on Tuesday.

While school was closed I continued with daily readings from my classes to be prepared for this week classes. I could have relaxed and took it easy but I’m a lazy person and sometimes when I get busy I tend to put things least important to the side. So I finished all my reading assignments and then I check my email to find an assignment with an audible video with it. I immediately got irritated. I couldn’t believe it. Really was all that was going through my head because I was in disbelief. I was finally finished and now I have a video assignment probably on something that doesn’t pertain to the class. At that moment I had to stop myself and say internally “Shunda” it’s not about you.

My teacher doesn’t have any idea of the things that I have to do each week but even if she does she cannot make exceptions for me. I was acting out of character and I didn’t even know what the video was about and I already made an assumption that it didn’t pertain to the class. I immediately downloaded the video to my phone and listened to the audible while me and my family had dinner. As I listened to the podcast I became intrigued. Not only did the podcast pertain to class but I needed it for me as a person. I believe that things happen for a reason and what I have learned this go around in school has taught me to be more appreciative.

The things I have learned in my program of study from my teachers not only benefits me in my career but it benefits me in my own life. Each teacher that has imprinted knowledge to me has taught me something different. When you fully engage yourself in school, or work, or with an elder you will learn something. The things I learned not only will help me be successful but they also have made me a better person. When I was willing to tell myself it wasn’t about me then that’s when my hearing was apparent. In life you have to be willing to talk to yourself and tell yourself to stop and listen. Don’t be quick to judge before you attempt to try something new. Be always willing to learn. Surround yourself with successful people, and don’t be intimidated by others who you think are smarter than you. Always be willing to learn from them even if you feel intimidated by them.

“Do not listen with the intent to reply, but with the intent to understand”-unknown

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