I sat this morning thinking about what the last 100 days accomplished and how I felt about going through this challenge. First I will be doing another one starting on June 1. That should say a lot about how I felt about doing the challenge. But first a few thoughts on what went well and not as well.
To start with one of the most visible parts of this challenge, diet chronicles. This was a good reminder to me about mindful eating. I am at my desired weight and feel very good. One thing that came out of this was I am eating more fruit than ever before, and now I want to expand that into more raw vegetables. During this time my wife came more on board, which is important, as she prepares virtually all the meals and if you are not preparing the food then don’t complain about what is put in front of you. We have started using our Vita-Mix more and we purchased a juicer and have started using that too. So I feel like we are on the right path. In addition I know we influenced others in the community to look at their eating and they have made some diet changes for the better due to the chronicling of our eating habits. Going forward I will not be documenting every meal, but will talk about fruits and vegetables and how we are preparing them. The goal is to eat more raw foods and less processed.
Black Belt Testing was another goal that was on the 100 Day challenge that went very well. I learned so much about what I want to see and how to get the best out of our students. There will be some changes in future testing and how we prepare. I was able to start a training program with KJM Dawson and that has been good for me personally and our students. The projects that came out of the test are ongoing and I can see them becoming a part of our curriculum as time goes on. In fact I am working on how to manifest them in our teachings without taking away mat time for physical activity. The 100 push up challenge came out of the test and I have seen higher energy levels with these goals. We will be adding a pull up component to our testing and the black belts are working on that.
Creating a Culture of Peace - While this is not complete there has been some steps forward. I have been able to speak to both parents and teacher groups on the subject. This summer in less than a month I will be at AACC teaching a course to teachers on the subject. Bully Prevention Partners did not grow the way I would have liked for it to grow, but on the other hand a new and bigger goal has come out of the work I have done in some high schools. This summer I will be working on creating a larger movement, inviting all the high schools, public and private to join together against bullying and for creating a culture of peace. This is a huge undertaking and one that will need the help of many to work. So I think this shows that sometimes you may not reach your goals and your goals may need to be adjusted, but the question is are you on a path to create your vision and complete your mission. For me the answer is YES. What lies ahead is creating better seminars and workshops for the community and helping our students and those in the community to advocate for peace in our schools and community.
Bully Prevention Expert - One of my goals was to raise awareness about this issue and to raise my personal reputation in the community. I think we have done this well, but we still have some work to do. The completion of the AACC workshops, the summer camps and the work on bringing students together in the county will take me closer to that goal. I am looking forward to continuing to work on this goal.
Building Teacher Morale Program. - This did not happen at all and I am disappointed that I did not complete this goal. It will be on my list for this next 100 days and we will see if we can get it complete. There is a need for building teacher morale and I believe I know how to help those that are inclined to work on this issue with teachers. So this is a very large but has to be done challenge.
I have read more than ever, I have stopped watching TV almost completely (except football season), I have meditated more, I have been more focused, I am more sure of my mission. This past 100 days has sharpened my ideals about what I want to do with my life. Isn’t that funny that at 58 years of age I am figuring it out. Or am I? Time will tell. I just hope that circumstances and time allow me to fulfill some of my dreams, the most important being creating a culture of peace in our schools and building respect for and the morale of teachers in our community.