Friday, October 11, 2013

Finding Balance: Michelle Kwan's "The Red Violin."

As another school week has come to an end, I once again feel totally depleted of strength and emotional-energy. I love my job, but there's no denying that it's exhausting in its level of intensity. Though after finding a different perspective tonight, I wonder if the job is truly as intense as I think it is, or if I am the one making it intense? Here is a quote I stumbled upon tonight:
"There's no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences." ~Jack Welch. Everyone must be faced with the same dilemma I am, but other people seem to manage. Maybe the balance really is more about my choices, the boundaries, and the priorities I set. Of course this seems obvious to me now. I've been letting work take as long as it takes, and the problem with that is that the work will never end, so it could honestly take all of my time (which it has been). The goal and the challenge for me now is to reevaluate what's important and to figure out how to effectively implement my new plan of action that puts my health and well-being first. If those two pieces are in place, then my work will fall into place.

Speaking of finding a balance, my first inspirational video of the evening will be Michelle Kwan's "The Red Violin" from the 2000 Worlds in Nice, France. That year Michelle was balancing classes at UCLA with the training schedule of a world-class athlete. At the Nationals that year in Cleveland, Michelle Kwan won in a less dominant style than usual, narrowly holding off the up-and-coming U.S. Stars, Naomi Nari Nam and Sasha Cohen. From that competition until Worlds, Michelle had to reassess her priorities and shift her balance to focus solely on her preparation for the World Championships. The fruits of her focus were manifested beautifully in a spirited and powerful performance to "The Red Violin," pulling up from 3rd to 1st in the freeskate, silencing her naysayers. This was Michelle's 3rd World title and one of her most haunting and memorable performances. Such conviction, fire, and speed.

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