zen returns with two weeks to spare
Reports say Stephanie feels 'relieved' to have her school Zen back. When asked about the details of it's return, she simply said that things come back to where they belong. "I was visiting my friend in Sweden. We just looked at each other and decided that this was going to be the best year ever. And why not? It's our last year--we have the power to make this happen. It's very empowering to take ownership of a bad situation. You can't spend your life waiting for the right atmosphere--you have to make it yourself."
Stephanie says she thinks reading the book "It's not how good you are, it's how good you want to be" gave her Zen the extra shove it needed to come back to their residence in Copenhagen. "All of a sudden, without hearing its footsteps on the stairs, I just knew that Zen had returned. It was an amazing feeling" says Stephanie.
Stephanie attributes the return of her Zen in part to this book.
In preparation for the school year Stephanie has put herself on a strict regime. "No more waking up at 9:30 and lazing around in bed. I have to prepare myself for the hard year of work—and fun—ahead. It's important that I am mentally and physically ready for this. That takes planning."
When asked about the circumstances surrounding the loss of her Zen in the first place, Stephanie looks thoughtful. "I was letting the negative experiences that come with any school or work situation get to me. I let myself feel as if I couldn't do anything about it. I retreated and made excuses for myself. I think that Zen can't operate in that kind of atmosphere... it kind of just packed up and left without my knowing one day. It wasn't until I was looking for it (Zen) that I realised it was gone."
Zen and Stephanie share knowing smiles as the coffee finishes brewing on the table. "I'll never create that kind of environment for us again."