Roller Coasters

roller coaster

I was thinking as I was plowing through the pool this morning (that’s what I call it when I really don’t want to be in the pool at 5:30 and my body is resisting actually moving through the water but my brain says, “hey, if you don’t move those arms and legs, there’s this thing called drowning happening. So yes, I plowed through the workout) about what my day had in store for me.

Today I’m headed down to Boston for a meeting with a friend of an acquaintance. Which means the majority of the day will be “shot” with driving and meeting with this person (who, by the way, I’m excited to meet and chat with, so please don’t interpret that last sentence as my being unhappy about meeting him!) and driving again. So, kind of a slow day in terms of the amount I’ll accomplish. Yet the quality of that accomplishment will be incredibly high.

Yesterday, on the other hand, I felt like I was cruising and crushing it. I spent a lot of time poking around project-based work and bidding on quite a few, then moved on to setting up networking opportunities, then did a little exercise break and ice breaking – that storm Wednesday left inches of ice to pound out – then some more online learning, then onto looking into a new side project that I’m psyched about digging into. At the end of the day, I felt like the list of accomplishments was large, the output was strong and the fact that I can now walk down my front steps without ice skates is huge.

So I had the high speed, downhill section of the roller coaster yesterday and today, I have the uphill, working towards the next swing approach of a slower day. And there have also been the days this week that I felt like I was spinning my wheels just trying to get out of the gate. Up, down, up, down – the days can be a trigonometry teacher’s dream of sine and cosine graphs. I have all sorts of analogies I could apply! At the end of the day, though, I try to look at the day and week as a whole and remember that it’s kind of like a diet – if there is one day that feels like a total loss, that’s okay because tomorrow brings another change to move ahead. And I always remind myself that some things I’ve put in motion are working behind the scenes without my active involvement so those “lost” days aren’t so lost in the end. Up and down. Up and down.

How do you put those highs and lows in perspective?



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