Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Professor's Prayer for Mid-November

To whatever gods may be,

Please, let me get through this week. Let me survive three more days of nearly back-to-back meetings and student conferences and frenetic grading to make sure that I'm prepared to give feedback in those conferences. Let me remember to finish the half-dozen 15-minute administrative tasks that I keep forgetting about, and that are way past due.

Let me keep my stress and anxiety relatively contained, lest it spill over into my interactions with students and colleagues and department staff. For lo, at this time of year they are all mightily stressed out as well, and none of my shit (well, very little) is their fault.

Grant me 5 minutes of grace every day so that I might shower. Let me not leave the house having forgotten to don pants.

Most importantly, let me hold it together just enough so the students don't see how close I am to dropping every last ball I have in the air. Let my colleagues who know damn well how close I am to dropping every last ball I have in the air forgive me, even as I forgive them for doing the same. Help me to maintain a semblance of competence until Friday at 6 p.m.

And I'll be fine then, I promise.

13 comments:

Stemi said...

Amen!

Digger said...

Amen.

And I am happy to hear 'tis the season of dropped balls and undonned pants, because it means I am not alone.

Janice said...

I can get behind this prayer.

Why did I think it was a bright idea to put 'teach the new monograph in the survey course' right smack dab in the middle of November? I need to plan wisely for next go-round.

Susan said...

Amen.

(Wv=ingrain, as in this November stuff is ingrained..)

Historiann said...

To whom are you praying?

Notorious Ph.D. said...

@ Historiann: I'm not picky.

Dame Eleanor Hull said...

"We thank with brief thanksgiving/whatever gods may be," as dear Mr. Swinburne put it, for getting us through this month.

E. R. Truitt said...

These are the Dark Times of the semester. I feel you, Notorious. Also, I love your blog.

Good Enough Woman said...

I think a prayer is in order since, clearly, we are being punished for the fact that we had a short week last week and will have another short week next week. As a result of these two truncated weeks, every single damn committee on campus has decided to meet *this* week and make my life hell. And then, of course, there are the papers and various dropped balls.

So, yes: Amen!

Fie upon this quiet life! said...

Totes m'goats.** Amen.

**(That's a reference to I Love You, Man, just in case you didn't get it.)

undine said...

Amen!
Capcha is "forcely," which is just appropriate, somehow.

Tawnysha Greene said...

Amen and amen!

bitter but good for you said...

Perhaps a prayer to St. Jude (or St. Rita, patron saint of impossible causes) is in order:

O most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus -- People honor and invoke you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, for I am so helpless and alone. Please help to bring me visible and speedy assistance. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly grading and student conferences and that I may praise God with you always. I promise, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you by publishing this request. Amen.