Hard Things

Paula Daigle, Pre-K3 Teacher
I was in an uplifting but physically difficult class at my favorite yoga studio recently. The mantra for the class was, “You can do hard things.” The yoga teacher’s daughter recently had a baby and she expressed to her mother, “This is really hard, mom.” Her mother affirmed that parenting was truly difficult, but she reminded her, “You can do hard things.”  

This quote resonates with me 
as I begin 2020. Each time I run up against something difficult in my path, I find myself reminded of this simple statement. I quietly remind myself that I can indeedo hard things. 

Self-talk, the powerful mental messages we send ourselves, makes a difference in all areas of our livesTeaching self-talk skills to our students, peers, and family members is affirming and many times can be a catalyst to success. It could be a student who expresses, “I’ll never get this equation.” It could be a peer who has lost his/her significant other,” I can’t possibly do this alone.” It could be a family member who has the difficult task of taking care of his/her family while a spouse is deployed, “I don’t think I can manage all of this without help.” 
Whatever the scenario, our answer can be accompanied by math tutorialcomforting food, or an offer to babysit. But, along with the kind acts, the encouraging statement, “You can do hard things!” should be confidently asserted. The strength in this affirmation comes from telling it to ourselves! 

There's no evidence that Vincent Van Gogh was a yogi; the Dutch painter was instead famous for other things, like his beautiful Starry Night, a wondrous depiction of the wide universe that suggests to us the possibility of the impossible. Van Gogh himself had said “If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint then by all means paintand that voice will be silenced.”  
Paula Daigle is a pre-school teacher and a yoga enthusiast who will accomplish the yoga positions “Crow and Handstand in 2020! 

Paula Daigle was a previous O’Neal teacher in the Learning Center. Paula graduated from Cedarville College with a degree in Psychology and religious studies. She returns with an addition of a Montessori Certification and a North Carolina Birth to Kindergarten and Special Education license. Paula lives with her husband, Bill, a furniture maker, in Cameron, North Carolina.

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