Just started work on Monday! I’m just doing teaching observation this week, but I am still, all of a sudden, out of the blue, after 6 months of living at a really chill pace, REALLY BUSY. My work hours are pretty awesome, 9am – 4:30pm. BUT all the stuff I was doing before I got this job, all the stuff that doesn’t earn me money (praise team, singing at the prayer tabernacle, volunteer teaching at the orphanage, prayer meetings, church leadership meetings) is still there. Now I’m just adding a full-time job to it.
(If you’re wondering what I’ve taken out of my schedule, it’s most notably going to the gym and song-writing/writing-writing. Oh, and my Korean drama obsession..)
Besides my social life, I was wondering today if there is anything I could possibly cut out of my schedule. Which activity is unnecessary? Which could I do without?
I was thinking this on the way to volunteering. I was past exhausted. I usually stay away from caffeine because a mere cup of coffee makes me jittery, but today I not only had a cup of coffee, but two cups of black tea and half a can of pepsi (mostly perks of working at my school.. hehe). I went to bed at midnight last night because it took me awhile to unwind after singing at the prayer tabernacle, and with my current schedule, that bedtime killed me. By the time I got on the subway to go to volunteering, not even all the extra caffeine could hold me up.
But after the hour-long piano lesson with my middle school orphanage student, I suddenly had so much energy!
Actually, the energy shift happened as soon as I arrived. It wasn’t because my student smiled at me when I arrived. Or because he said he had actually practiced this week. (He did neither.) It was because I was simply excited to teach him. At one point, I got so excited about something in our piano book, that I exclaimed something in English. (I usually teach him in Korean, which is a challenge, to say the least.) And he actually SMILED! (He does occasionally do that.) Then I told him about my new kindergarten teacher job, used it as an excuse to show more excitement than usual, and asked him if he understood when I spoke to him in English. He said he did, so I started speaking half in English. And even though he still sighed a couple times and acted like he didn’t want to do what I was telling him to do, I could tell he felt more enthusiastic, too.
Something just shifted in that moment.
That was when I realized that I’m doing a lot right now, but I love EVERY SINGLE THING I DO. I find meaning in ALL of it. And all the activities I am involved in benefit each other! I expected to have less energy for volunteering because of my kindergarten teaching, but instead, I found my energy renewed. (I had been getting discouraged and wondering how I could possibly motivate him, but after spending numerous hours analyzing kids and how to help them learn.. I knew he was motivate-able.) Similarly, my prophetic singing at the prayer tabernacle last night gave me fresh perspective on my kindergarten teaching.
So while sustaining this lifestyle might be a challenge in the long run (Lord, give me wisdom), and I definitely need to go to bed a lot earlier than midnight from now on, if at all possible, I am so thankful for the fullness of my life right now! It’s pretty wonderful.
Also, just have to add that it is so cute how my six-year-old (future) students speak English with their little Korean accents!
Teacher: Okay he said sorry, so now you say, “That’s okay.”
Student: No, me not that’s okay!