Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Here I am at the end of a busy, busy day. I'm really tired and I should go to bed, but I want to meet the challenge of a blog a day so here I am.
Today I met with a student who is worried about falling behind in her schoolwork. It quickly became clear that she isn't really in danger, and furthermore, she already has a plan of action to put into place if she does get into real trouble. Yet despite the fact that her situation wasn't too desperate and she already had a contingency plan, she was very upset, mostly because she was "failing" to live up to her own image of what she "should" be doing.
Part of the crisis is that she has some family difficulties (health problems, relationship troubles, finances) that are complicating her ability to concentrate on her work. But she couldn't give herself credit for her mature, level-headed approach to genuine challenges because she was too busy beating herself up for her perceived "weakness" in being unable to handle it all effortlessly. Sound familiar? I thought so too!