So I had enough iron to give blood today, and I used my left arm which I think was my first mistake. Apparently I have teeny tiny itsy bitsy veins. So after I get the bag less than a third full I stop flowing and she has to go hunt the vein down again. And she couldn't find it and I had already given too much to switch arms so basically I just couldn't give. Which I feel really crappy about. And I've had two people tell me that they have problems with LifeSource, but I hadn't had problems with them when I donated twice freshmen year; in fact the last time I think I had a problem was with the Red Cross in high school, I got a big bruise and it took like half an hour to fill the bag. But anyway.
The other thing today was that I read the handbook for student teaching...and freaked out. There is SO MUCH that has to be done, and I'm so worried that I won't get it done on time or that I'll screw up. At least that's how I felt before 4 this afternoon. At four I walked to the post office and listened to my Supertones cd. (My headphones shorted out AGAIN! I swear, I'm going to either buy a 400 dollar pair with a lifetime warranty or continue buying four $8 pairs a year from Walgreens for life.) Anyway, the song "Brand New Thing" came on and I listened to it while I was thinking about student teaching, and I realized that, yes, it is going to be hard, and it is going to be taxing on my time, but God is going to use this to change me. I need this discipline and this work, because I am undisciplined and lazy and that's not the kind of person God wants me to be. And I knew that, because it was something God wanted me to do, He would give me the help I needed to get through it. So I felt a lot better about that. So the only thing I'm worried about is how student teaching is going to affect Chris and I. Hell, two people I know broke up last semester because he didn't spend enough time with her cause of ST, and they lived in the same city. I just don't know how much time I'm going to be taking away from Chris during this. So everyone, please keep me and him in your prayers while I go crazy the next few months.
Lastly, I'm printing this out and putting it on my wall and on my desk, and I thought it needed to be shared:
36 Christian Ways to Reduce Stress
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say "No" to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern find out what God would have you to do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation ... forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough exercise.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write thoughts and inspirations down.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you, Jesus!"
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but yourself not at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.