Merry Christmas 1.1!!!


End of trimester, report cards, happy faces, unexpected results, frustration…ahhh this is the true school Christmas spirit, can you smell it? However, whatever the result might have been, you have a lot time to do better, don’t worry ; that’s why I’m going to use more or less the same words I used a year ago to give you my personal wishes, because I believe that in these words you may find my special key to success.It’s my gift to you ;). Well, let’s start.I guess you’ve noticed, especially those who have known me for a while, that I come up very often with some ski metaphors during lessons. Maybe this habit has made you think of me as a great ski lover, but I have to confess you I’m not. I’ve hated skiing for a looooong time.Nevetheless for me skiing is the metaphor of effort rewarded. I’ll try to make myself clear. I  love the sea, sandy beaches, sun, you know, all that stuff and for many years the idea of spending my holidays on the mountains has never crossed my mind till one day, for reasons I’m not going to bother you with, but you may guess ( there is alway a man in somebody’s life that makes you do acts of folly),I found myself ridiculously clothed in a fancy ski suit ready for the ski runs. Actually, I soon understood that I had not the least inclination for skiing. Fear and frustration paralyzed me and for many years no ski school or gorgeous,tanned teacher could improve my poor skills. The only moment of real pleasure was when I took my ski boots off at the end of the day. I had also become the joke of my group of friends. Something had to be done, but I had no clue. One day I was about to ski down a run that my mind had already marked as veeeery difficult when, wow, I had an epiphany. I realized what was the key for my success: the traverse, that is, I could ski across the slope and then turn and then cross and turn …till safely to the end. Smooth. It was nothing new, actually,I had been told about it a thousand times, but this time words had become facts and from that moment on I felt more confident and I started to enjoy the whole situation. The message is that very often we don’t have to change that much to reach success but only be aware of what we can do and adjust it a bit to reach the target. I know that many of you at the idea of the approaching exams in June feel fear and frustration, but the key of your success lies in how you will be able to organize your effort . It is your “traverse” that will take you smoothly to the goal. You’ve got to believe and you will do it. Merry Christmas to you all. 😀


37 thoughts on “Merry Christmas 1.1!!!

  1. The only things I want to say is that I read somewhere that “everything looks tough until you go ahead and do it” and your post reflects the same.

  2. Having an encouraging friend ski along with you helps too. Many years ago, I went skiing with a boyfriend – he led the way and skiied me across a hill of icy moguls. I faced my fear and survived. It’s a great feeling. Savour success over the Christmas holidays!

  3. I like your “traverse” strategy as a metaphor to approaching the rest of life’s difficult issues. As a coach, I love to help people tackle challenging issues by breaking them down into manageable pieces. How do you eat a whole elephant? One steak at a time… Not that I would ever want to eat an ELEPHANT (or any part of it)….:-)

  4. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog and helping me to discover yours. I love this skiing lesson – the idea of traversing from one side to the next rather than racing straight down. Great life lesson and maybe I’ll even try skiing again. LOL!

  5. Yes, the traverse has gotten me through many a run. I’ll keep your advice in mind though because I need to recognize and utilize the traverse in other aspects of life.

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    Merry Christmas to you dear

  7. This was a nice post, nice analogy skiing with the exams. You´re very right, you don´t have to change who you are completely, but you certainly have to give more potential to some parts of your character in order to reach your goal. Than God I´m an old 31 year old and don´t have the preassures of the exams. Although now that I think about it, I prefer the exam pressures than real life. I´ll take it all back, I want to go back in time 12 years ago and start fresh with the knowledge that I have now. So lets put our heads together and build a travel machine!

    Happy 1st day of the new year.

    • I wouldn’t like to go back in time. I’ve always been of the opinion that the best has yet to come . Life has to be explored fully and in times of trouble you have to use the “traverse”, that is find your way one baby step at a time. Once you reach your goal, you’ll be a stronger person and even happier.
      Have a great new year

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