Opportunity

The other weekend I attended a continuing education seminar in Santa Barbara.  It was run by Snow Lotus and it was called Aroma Acupoint Therapy.  The teachers were passionate and knowledgable and I learned a lot.  But I went into the seminar with that same feeling of subtle resentment that I carry into every live CE event:  Resentment that I have to spend all weekend indoors, resentment that I won’t be with my husband and kids who in turn resent me for leaving them, resentment for what seems like a never-ending CE requirement. But when I dig deep into this resentment, it has little to do with the conference itself.  For me it is a time issue, time being my most precious commodity.  Between mothering two children, working at a busy clinic 20 hours per week, running Grasshopper Education, and being the person in charge of running the household, the time that I am able to carve out for myself is paltry.  In writing these two paragraphs alone I have been interrupted literally 6 times. But it did not used to be this way.  When I was fresh out of acupuncture college I relished large events like Pacific Symposium.  For me it was a chance to continue learning and to see old colleagues, it connected me with the greater community that I had become a part of, and I would never dream of checking email or updating my Quickbooks during a class. But sadly, in the last several years live CE events have become more of an opportunity to cross off my to-do list, research online, and catch up...