The chapter that spoke the most to me was chapter 6: Rule Number 6. I have to admit that this week has been the most difficult for me because, not only did I fall behind on my work because of my brother getting married and family being in town all last weekend, but I’ve been stressing myself out over trying to create my leadership project, while completing report cards for my students, and holding parent teacher conferences all week. Right now, I sure can use a lot of Rule Number 6 in my life.
What’s Rule Number 6? Well, in my classroom, my student’s know Rule #6 as: Push in your chair before you leave your seat. According to The Art of Possibility by Zander and Zander, it’s a rule that I tend to forget a lot about: Don’t take yourself so goddamn seriously. I’ve been working so hard lately that I’m finding my attitude about everything becoming more and more negative. I’m constantly tired, and I find myself saying, “this isn’t fun anymore,” all the time! Being a perfectionist has been my biggest curse in life, but somehow I think that this world does have its way of setting things in balance. I guess it is true that opposites attract. I feel so lucky and blessed to have found my perfect counterpart, a husband who lives Rule Number 6 as his life motto. Whenever he sees me start to stress out, he’s always there to lighten the mood by cracking a joke, or saying some random thing in one of the many accents that he works so hard to master.
I’ve pretty much lived my life by rules and a timeline that I’ve set for myself. There’s always a plan that I’m supposed to stick to and I always want to do it right the first time, never wanting to make any mistakes. Unfortunately, life is unpredictable and that’s a hard lesson that I’ve had to learn. I have to admire my husband because he embraces life and all of its imperfections. He never pretends to be perfect and if he ever makes a mistake, he’s the first one to go with it, make a joke, and we’re always there to laugh along with him. I’ve never realized what an admirable quality that is until I read this book. With a great role model by my side, I have many lessons to learn.