Saw this quote at the beginning of Any Given Sunday:
I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT ANY MAN’S FINEST HOUR-HIS GREATEST FULFILLMENT TO ALL HE HOLDS DEAR IS THAT MOMENT WHEN HE HAS WORKED HIS HEART OUT IN A GOOD CAUSE AND LIES EXHAUSTED ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE-VICTORIOUS. VINCE LOMBARDI
This is exactly the position I would like to be found in after each of my classes. For the time being, I am resigned to sitting on the floor, knees bent, my back to the walls. It is not because the floor of the office is dirty. I mean it is dirty. But it is not like the nice cleaning lady (the hardest working member of the college) has not offered to take care of it; it is due to procrastination on my part.
The real reason I don’t lie on the floor of my office is that most days seem to be LSEDs (low self-esteem days) precipitated by a mistake or two I did when delivering lectures; the parts of the lecture that were so bad that I wanted to get out of myself, give myself a good slap and get back inside; all the times when i thought i had my torso covered only to get kicked in the crotch; the thought of all the stupid things I said and did…
Hope springs eternal; I still look forward to the day when I will finally be able to lie on the floor, roll on that mofo…
And oh! Here is a way of inspiring confidence in your students -confidence about your ability to make stuff clear… entangle the hell out of your laptop’s power cord 🙂 or you can dismantle the socket adaptor thingie, like you knew what you were doing, take a (clueless) look inside for a second and go looking for a healthier adaptor. And this adaptor, by the way, is made in PRC -People’s Republic of China. They are making everything nowadays that they had to use an alias so that we won’t get bored.