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Dear friends,

When I look too far down the road, I get anxious. Yes, I know it’s important to plan for the future – and there’s the paradox. How can we maintain our serenity today, while anticipating what might happen in the future?

I try to keep this saying in mind: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

I don’t know what will happen a year from now, five years from now – or even tomorrow. I *do* know that there are things I can do today that will position me to meet the future (whatever it may bring) with confidence and resilience.

And so –

I’m becoming more realistic when making my daily to-do list. I think I’m gaining a better sense of how much I can realistically accomplish in one session of work. At the moment, I’m using multiple lists to manage my work. One is a list of all the tasks I need to complete in the near future, and the other is the “today” list. I select from the first list to build the second.

Yes, there are some big things to accomplish, including the creation of a whole new capstone course for the January term. Worrying about it won’t help, but I can do a little, bite-size piece of the task today.

What can you do today that will position you for strength and resilience in the unknown future? Take a vitamin. Get some exercise. Find some quiet time. Make your lists, but remember that these are tools – they don’t rule you.

Take a deep breath. I wish you peace today.

Annette