Do you remember the movie ‘Bruce Almighty‘ with Jim Carrey? It’s a sweet comedy about a guy named Bruce (Carrey) whose ambition doesn’t allow him to see all the great things in his life. It’s a good movie, funny and heartwarming. I was thinking of this movie the other day, not because I identified with the character necessarily (or have a God-like complex), but because of this scene:
I keep my daily to-do lists on sticky notes on my desk and this is how I’ve been feeling the past few months. Doesn’t matter if I tackle a task, there’s always another sticky just waiting to be tackled. I bet, reader, that stickies or not, you have felt this way too. Never-ending lists of tasks.
I’m an overachiever. My friends and colleagues try to sugarcoat my freakish A-type nature by calling me a ‘planner’ or complimenting me on my ‘attention to detail’ or even saying that they envy my ‘organizational skills’… thanks guys, but let’s call it like it is. I can be an overachieving pain in the neck. Especially to myself. I take on too much and nitpick at everything. My public motto is “I did the best I could. I’m happy with the outcome.” but my private motto is “You could’ve done so much better… shoot higher next time!”
And that’s exactly how I feel about the last few months regarding COETAIL. Not that I haven’t done some other great things, but because of taking on so much, it’s only necessary for things to take a back seat… And as I glance at the rearview mirror, all I see is course 5.
So here is an attempt to peel off the stickies (trust me, course 5 posts and comments are layered in there) to get back on the COETAIL train. There are so many wonderful things happening in the different classrooms I collaborate with and I want to share it with the COETAIL network.
Write a ‘come back’ post on my COETAIL blog, check!