Escaping the confines of the city was a very good thing--and the best thing was that Xing Fu recognized it as well. He thanked me for nurturing our relationship. Geocaching figured prominently & it was fun to add another activity that we enjoy together. In fact, we found a geocoin--pretty cool--we need to find the right cache to place it in around here. We've included some of our kids & they seem to enjoy it as well--a family activity in the making--bonus! It will be fun to include them in putting the geocoin in the cache. We came back rested, & reconnected which is what I wanted.
Of course the next big hill to climb is right in front--dealing with a very anxious BF is challenging especially when his immediate reaction is to shut me out & not admit how difficult the next hurdle is for him. Patience is key & I am trying to remind him that I'm in his corner. The last lyrics post is for him--when I listen to the song (youtube embedded at the bottom of the blog) I think of what's going on with him right now. I hope he recognizes that I am there for him & that it is not a weakness to lean on me when he has so much on his plate. When I worked for a company a while back, I used to get so caught up in being the best teacher & behavior manager that I really lost sight of the beauty of teaching & my sense of humor in general. I essentially took myself waaaay too seriously. What I said to Xing Fu was that sometimes not taking yourself so seriously is important. Being wound too tightly as a result can make life difficult needlessly--loosen up & sit back for a second & take a breath. Remind yourself about the joys & humor in life. Following my own advice is hard but I try, I try.