Every few years, my old and faithful Toyota Camry starts doing this weird thing where it wants to veer off the road. I take it in, and I find that it's time for a wheel alignment. When the wheels are tilted even a fraction of an inch in the wrong direction, the car doesn't drive totally straight, and so I have to work harder at driving than I should.
This week, my wife and I realized that there's something misaligned about my blog: it publishes every Tuesday and Saturday. It's the Saturday bit that's out of alignment — after all, I obsessively write about us building wise constraints to make us better so that we can live full and integrated lives. But here I am, every Saturday morning, taking a small bit of my time to write a note at the top of whichever blog post is scheduled to go out that day. And there you are, supposed to be enjoying some distance from teaching — doing hard things or enjoyable things, or spending time with people you love — and yet there's this little niggling email in your inbox from me asking you to read it, tempting your neomaniacal side to express itself.
So, a wheel alignment: henceforth, my posts will publish on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It's a tiny change, but a needed one.
What tiny changes do you need to bring to your practice to get it realigned with the Everest you're after? Are you slipping into time-wasting, soul-draining complaining too frequently? Do you need to get smarter about grading?
We might as well start the school year with a realignment.