Today I woke up feeling a lot better. Physically I felt a little more sick than the day before, but starting my day off with Lemon Jelly – Space Walk, feeling grateful, and a kickass 30 minute super hot shower put me in an awesome mood. I’m glad I went to bed early the night before as I felt rested and ready to go.
I walked down to the floor the classes were on and was greeted to a kickass bread-breakfast-cake I had asked Icy to pick up for me the day before. Eating breakfast before teaching is definitely a bonus! My first class went amazingly. I didn’t have a lesson plan prepared because I had gone to bed too early the night before, but it was a high level teenager class, and the book was full of interesting things to teach and discuss so with a lot of creative improvisation and turning each book activity into something engaging the class went awesomely. I was actually having such a good time with the class that I worked on my break to find pictures to help explain a concept I was teaching. I learned from this class that if I do get another full time teaching position that I want it to be with older students or adults, the students seem to get way more out of the class and they are way more fulfilling to teach.
I did more Qi Gong between classes to bring my energy back up and make my cold feel better. I think it’s really working… I bet I will defeat this cold in record time. After that I spent more time becoming better friends with Icy. I managed to get her email and phone number in a fun flirtatious way, she really is a fun girl to talk to.
The class after lunch went real good too. It was another kids class but I was in a great mood, and I learned 2 new games to play with them. Everything worked out pretty effortlessly and easily. I wondered why yesterday I had disliked teaching so much, it was a good time today! I think this really does demonstrate for me how so much of our feelings about life are created within ourselves rather than them being a product of our outward environment. Yesterday I started the day bad, no music, no breakfast, no enthusiasm and all negativity. Today I shifted my thinking and my actions and focused on feeling good and had an awesome day. Both days I felt sick, both days I had to teach but both days felt so different all because of how I was thinking and in turn how that caused me to act.
After class the school manager had set up an awesome ride back to Shunde for me, to help me avoid getting lost between towns again 😀 The ride home was pretty funny. My driver named Simon only likes to learn dirty English words, so after anything happened on the drive home he’d either yell “Oh my god!” or “Fuck you!” at the other cars in a hilarious voice, before cracking up himself.
When I arrived back in Shunde I went and chatted with the girls at the Shunde school; my 3 awesome friends Bowie, Angela and Helena. They speak amazing English and always give me an awesome welcome. They are so fun to talk to! I told them about my weekend and we confirmed our awesome clubbing plans for Christmas eve.
After that I picked up some awesome green tea, got some Chinese throat lozenges and took it easy back home. I got some good work done on the computer and generally had a nice peaceful relaxing day. Although I was sick, with a constant need to blow my nose and lots of coughing I felt really good all day.
It was nice to see that to have a joyful inspired day it doesn’t require any crazy adventures or drinking stories, it can just be a day of feeling good for no reason. Sure it might not be as interesting to talk about as my first few days of the challenge, but it’s nice to know I don’t need to rely on those kinds of experiences to have a good time. This day felt just as good as the first ones and it reinforced for me that being content for no ‘outer’ reason really is the secret to lasting happiness.
After the intense previous 7 days it was nice to get some much needed rest. I wonder what will be in store for the final 2 days of the challenge.