Written by Kimberly Webber, Resident Programming Assistant for Todd/Phibbs
Are you going to spend today worrying, studying, relaxing, talking to loved ones, joking around, procrastinating or doing a multitude of other activities? Now that midterms have come and gone and we are ½ of the way through the semester and ¼ of the way into the school year, it’s time to reflect a little bit. But how long will you dwell on the things done wrong or try to react to the things done right when the reality is you have TODAY to do something different?
There are one thousand perspectives to this video and I believe we all become subject to different ones at different times. For examples, in the same week I: found how to run my TODAY more efficiently, having no regrets in the process; and I accepted that I would run my TODAY with a clear head, a full heart and many laughs:
When I was studying for my midterms I had a few freak-out nights. That night I spent in Thompson until 2 in the morning trying to reteach myself International Marketing strategies from a study guide that I clearly should have prepared days earlier. But of course it seems clear now. Next semester, I will prepare my study guide sooner. 5 days before my exam, you will find me fully utilizing that TODAY.
When I had friends visiting from Whitman the weekend before midterms week, I spent about ½ my Saturday worrying about how I would get all my essays and studying done. Gone, wasted, useless. Once my friends arrived, I didn’t look at a clock, I didn’t pick up a textbook or print out a study guide. I was present. I may not have been very “productive”, but I ran that TODAY. I dictated how it would go and loved it.
This is just some food for thought as midterms are over (or ½ the semester for those of you without midterm exams and papers) and you have a “fresh start” to: the same classes you’ve been laboring in and enjoying learning from for the past seven weeks; the numerous clubs you’ve been squeezing into your schedules instead of squeezing out their full potential; the relationships new and old you’d like to maintain.
Jim Rohn (1930-2009) was an entrepreneur and business philosopher who said: “Either you run the day or the day runs you” – keep that in mind as you step out on your next endeavor. What will you do TODAY?