Welcome to week twenty-six of The Full Curl. So often in life, we take what we experience on a daily basis for granted. The smile of a coworker, going out with friends, going to a movie theatre, or simply enjoying a sporting event on television. While there are many negatives we are all experiencing through this crisis, perhaps the one blessing we can all share is the appreciation for what we at one time thought was unimportant.
For me, the absence of athletics has been especially difficult. The ending of our basketball season was the most challenging, but not being able to enjoy MLB’s opening day or watch the NCAA Tournament have certainly been impactful as well. While sports have currently gone the way of shaking a friend's hand, there is still one aspect of sports that we can all enjoy and therefore, use to help get through each day. Let me explain.
I am an introvert by nature, so working quietly in my office with nobody around was really not a problem, and the direction to stay at home was initially not as challenging for me as it may have been for most. However, as we enter what is now about four weeks of isolation, I feel a greater sense of frustration. One can only watch so much Netflix. Perhaps it is the fact that the past ten days has seen me hop in a vehicle and go somewhere with purpose only twice. Whatever it is, I don’t feel as if the quarantine situation has gotten easier.
So where does athletics fit in to all of this? One of the aspects of any athlete’s quest to reach their full potential is training. Regardless of what sport you choose, you must be in shape. You must strive to reach your athletic ceiling. As a young athlete, we train for an edge, to be better, to win. However, somewhere along the way, we learn the value of training goes far beyond gaining a competitive advantage. We learn that through training, we can find good health — both mental and physical. We come to understand training can help us maintain a balance in our life.
As we all feel the walls close in around us, I would encourage all of you, along with your children, to find some time to work out each day. No workout equipment? No problem. There is no shortage of options available to all of us through Youtube, many of which require nothing but a willingness to sweat. Most of you reading this have some type of workout equipment that you have neglected, most likely sitting in your garage, or spare bedroom. In fact, there are probably more elliptical machines and stationary bikes in American garages than there are vehicles. Now, more than ever, you need to be using this equipment. The concept of a quarantine does not equate to good health and developing healthy habits. Most of us will sit or lie down more. We will find ourselves not only more stationary, but we will find it easier to snack. We will use eating as a means of comfort, helping us to feel better, when ironically, we are only working to diminish our mental and physical well-being, ultimately looking in the mirror and feeling worse. I would argue a daily workout is the one way we can all combat the above challenges. There is only one shortcut to happiness and feeling better. As Brian Kight says, “Discipline is the shortcut. Do the work.”
I have never worked out and felt worse -- it just doesn't happen. Even when I am sick, getting a workout in always seems to help me either immediately feel better, or expedite the recovery process. One of the most important feelings you will enjoy through a daily workout is a feeling of accomplishment and eventually a feeling of self-confidence. I can tell you with all sincerity, the one thing keeping me sane is getting some level of exercise in every day. Had it not been for my involvement in athletics, I’m not sure what I would be doing right now to cope with the challenges in front of me.
Make your workouts fun. Do them with your spouse or child. Set simple goals. Challenge coworkers or friends. Find some time every day to raise your heart rate and sweat. Don’t use your current situation as an excuse, use it as an opportunity.
I’ve taken the liberty of including some workouts you may want to consider at the bottom of this week’s edition. None of these requires much in regard to equipment, if any at all. However, feel free to use your own workout. Whichever workout you choose, whatever you’re doing, stick with it. I am confident a daily workout will help everyone more easily navigate the challenges we face and feel better about themselves while doing so. Now, let’s get to work. Let’s win the quarantine.
Workouts I use these in my conditioning class, which by the way, I miss terribly:
Frank Ostanik, CSF Athletic Director
When will it be OK to get together with friends again? When will it be OK to travel? Mrs. Krause tackles fear, specifically the fear of the unknown. She also talks about HOPE, which is something we all really need right now.
Dear CSF Parent/Guardian,
April tuition invoices were sent earlier this week. It's uncomfortable to send bills when our world has been turned upside down. Receiving bills isn't any more comfortable. That said, it's important we rally as a community in support of these schools to ensure the school year 2020-2021 starts off on solid ground. Given circumstances, if you find yourself unable to pay tuition in full, please reach out to our finance office ASAP via email. Let's work together on a payment plan. On the other hand, if you are on automatic monthly payments, and find yourself in a situation where you are able to pay off this year's tuition now, doing so would be of great help. This would enable us to work with families who need a bit more time to pay.
Our goal is to provide the best education possible for your child(ren). Given the COVID-19 pandemic, our mode of delivery has changed, but the content and support remain consistent. We can celebrate the fact that our schools were uniquely situated to transition quickly to distance-delivery of education.
We will continue to do our part as educators and are thrilled by the number of families who have rallied with us for the betterment of the entire school community. Thank you.
If you have questions, email our finance office at:
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God continue to strengthen you, your family, and our community during these challenging times.
Amanda Angaiak, Director, CSF and President, MF, Inc.
Ehren Schachle, Board Chair, CSF/MF, Inc.
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Join Mrs. Balko in reflection. Let's work on our attitudes of gratitude.
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Librarian Mrs. Kerry Halvarson gives a rundown of the digital resources out there for CSF families.