I posted this photo out on FaceBook and just about all my friends remarked their grandmothers grew beautiful African violets like this one. It must be true - all my assorted grandmother-in-laws and my own grandmothers were\are able to grow lovely African violets. Does this skill somehow increase with age? What is the skill - being more intuitive with what plants need to thrive or being less neglectful? For some reason, when I look at my lovely plant now, it reminds me I'm getting old. Thanks FB friends.
I'm driving to my third-year residency tomorrow; estimated 7 hours 47 minutes to Atlanta. Last night, I completed my Leadership Statement due Friday morning along with a presentation of it for the class. The more thought I put into this concise statement, the more I'm sure being a leader something I hate doing. I found enough references and declared myself to be a situational leader per Hersey and Blanchard's leadership model. The way I try to persuade people to work depends on the characteristics of the people and the tasks they have to do for me. The fact of the matter is that I have a hard enough time being responsible for myself; I hate being responsible for others.
The residency is like combat (I think of it as death camp). It will be an incredible amount of work - nonstop - if it's anything like the previous two residencies. Classes all day, team projects in the evening, people in my face all day long, and individual assignments every night until I can't function. Last year's residency was 5 days - this one is 8 days. No sleep, high stress, and little time for socializing, eating, or anything else. Tonight I have another presentation to prepare, laundry to do (for the whole family), and packing. I decided to drive this year so I can take all the stuff I want to take (two laptops, a printer, books, enough clothes so I won't have to do laundry, and my guitar). Even if I don't find time to touch it, having it there will be comforting. Wish me luck - I need all I can get!