Monday, May 2, 2011

The Harvard Version of Life

I really appreciate all the support that I received in the comments about my journaling class. To answer some of your questions: I teach journaling and blogging classes at 7:00 pm Thursdays at the Open Mind Center. To register call the center at: 678 243-5074. I don't offer my classes online, however, I have begun to entertain the idea of offering individual online journaling sessions via email. Not quite sure yet how to do that, but I am definitely open to the idea. Also, I recently started offering counseling services at the Open Mind Center, which is pretty exciting as this is a new service that the center is offering.

I recently read an article about the need for life to be challenging so that we don't get bored. The challenges are all there for our growth. Over the past few days I have begun thinking about life as both a game and a school. I had a moment yesterday where I could see it as a game that my husband and I were trying to figure out how to master. When I stepped back and in a sense removed myself from life, my life became fun. The challenges became fun. I was trying to figure out how to play this game. The game is messy, dirty, and heartbreaking at times, but I saw that it was possible for me to lift myself above it all and enjoy the messiness. Because the messy does not define me. I am not the messiness. I am just learning to maneuver the messiness involved in this game.

Life as a school. For the most part I have found adulthood to be one challenge after another; I have not enjoyed meeting those challenges. There has been a lot of struggle. Life hasn't always been easy. Holding the awareness of life as a school I realized that I have not been attending the community college version of life, but more like the Harvard version. I had never really thought of life in terms of easy schools and difficult schools. Maybe the people that are breezing through life are really smart at playing this game, or maybe they are just attending a school with a fairly easy curriculum. I have had some pretty difficult classes, I think that many of them have been AP. I'm pretty sure that I have failed some of them, however, if I was put in an AP class at one of the top schools in the country then there must be an assumption somewhere out there that I am capable of eventually mastering the subject and passing the class. I'm really looking forward to a new semester with new classes and teachers. Some of these classes are really getting old, and some of them I am starting to think I will never pass.


  1. What a great analogy! I too have been struggling with my difficult classes in life and have found if we could just get paid better or paid at all for these day to day challenges...I would be rich.
    In all seriousness...I love my life and my family so I have little to complain about. For lack of a better term, Life Is Good!
    Now if we could just make life less expensive. That would make it all easier. But we have all heard that nothing in life worth having is easy.
    Here's hoping we all pass those difficult classes!

  2. Davida I am going through my final exams. I have probably taken this same course for 6 years would think that I would have passed it by now and moved on. But I am still in this same class!!!!

    At any rate I am ready to move up and out of this one. I decided to stop studying life and just trust that the answers will come to me that I have learned over time.

    Thanks for this blog post!

  3. I enjoyed a lot this "penseé". To see life both as a game and a school. I know I have failed too many classes, and yet I keep going. Still have to learn to have fun even failing. Wish you a lovely week dear! XoXo