Posts Tagged ‘potential’

Letting Go

Day 365..

Writing topic:


Assessing the Blog

Day 363…

Yesterday I once again spend the morning…a good four hours…in my writing room.  I fill pages in my journal, I write notes to myself on a nearby pad, and I read.  One of my writing teachers, Sean Murphy, calls this velcroing myself to the chair.

This morning I want to do it again.  I’m not sure why.  I uncover at least as many questions as answers.  Enough to scare me off in the past, but for now that seems to be what I want.  Maybe it’s this new found interest in my muse,  my intuition.

I wonder why I am ready to let go of this blog.  To see what else will fill this time?  To go deeper into my own writing?  To allow possible writing projects to become clearer?  I’m not sure, and I want to find out.

Writing this blog every day for a year has been a good experience.  I know that on many levels.  But if I give the experience some distance, what else can I learn?

I have been practicing commitment…sticking to a project or idea, even when I am not sure what I hope to gain from it.   Opening to the possibilities, to something more than I can imagine.  And I want more of that.

Writing topic:  More than I can imagine

Working Together

Day 338…

Just to the left of my front door hangs a 1936 school poster.  I bought it when I was a young teacher (which was not in 1936!)  It reminds me of my “fifth grade teacher look,” the way I got fifth graders to know I meant business.

Katie says I still have that look.  Sorry, maybe it still says I mean business.

But after years of public school teaching, I learned that the art of teaching is much more than a “fifth grade teacher look.”  And it is about cooperation.

I learned this in Nature Lab, my hands-on inquiry-based (education jargonese) science enrichment class for young students.  The students cooperated, and so did I, to make a garden, take care of animals, and explore the world around us.

Not all classrooms are like this.  Many of mine weren’t.  I was the teacher and the children were the students, like the teacher bird in this poster.  We had important work to do.

We are all teachers and students.  Not just in designated classrooms.

At this point it would be easy to slip into a rant and begin giving examples of the misuse of authority, but I think Antoine de Saint-Exupery said it much more eloquently…

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. 

Writing topic:  Cooperation

Isn’t It Ironic

Day 316…

Oxymorons.  Such a word struggle.  How better to “explain” something than by identifying its parameters.  But doesn’t that limit an idea by assuming it has identifiable endpoints?

I found an extensive list that was a lot of fun.  Or rather what I appreciate as fun.

Imagine the possibilities with these:  acute apathy, consistently inconsistent, controlled chaos, creative destruction, expected serendipity, extremely average, false hope, fictional reality, foolproof instructions, final version, group of individuals, hopeful pessimist or hopelessly optimistic, holy war, instant folk hero, never again, one choice, persistent ambivalence, meaningful nonsense, more unique, non-toxic bug spray, least favorite, perfectly ridiculous, pleasantly confused, reckless caution,  single thought, somewhat awesome, twelve-ounce pound cake, usually spectacular, violent agreement, wise fool…

No wonder there’s so much misunderstanding…

Happy Fourth!!!  I will be celebrating the freedom of speech (another oxymoron, in my opinion.)

For today’s writing topic:  An oxymoron of your choice…

My Fairy Godmother

Day  313…

Wishing you a day of creative joy!

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.  ~Michelangelo

Writing topic:  Creative joy

A Philosophy for Life

Day 271…

This is the quote I want to experience today…

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge – myth is more potent than history – dreams are more powerful than facts – hope always triumphs over experience – laughter is the cure for grief – love is stronger than death
 Robert Fulghum

Writing topic:  Reactions to these thoughts

Non-anxious Presence

Day 267…

My desire is to be a non-anxious presence, and that leads me to address what worries me. That makes sense.  One can not be an anxious non-anxious presence, can one?  So in order to be honestly non-anxious, I have to continue to face fears, real or imagined.  Chop wood, carry water.

In two hours I will travel to New Orleans (assuming it’s not yet underwater) with my brother and his younger daughter.  We are going to a party on a river boat with a band and sit down dinner…to celebrate the med school graduation of his older daughter’s boyfriend.

OK…check my fears. 

Mississippi River is flooding…I’m not anxious about that.  We can always turn around and come home. 

What will I wear to a dressy, but not formal party in New Orleans?…Not anxious about that either.  Melissa and I shopped on Thursday for the perfect outfit.  I even found some shoes that might really be comfortable.

In the car for 6 hours with my anxious brother and his teen-age daughter…I’m not even anxious about that.  I can just repeat the mantra I’m not in charge  in my head whenever necessary.  For I am learning that when I am not anxious it helps neutralize the anxieties of others.  I practice this throughout the school year with beginning teachers and their students.  

So here I go…to the City of Sin as the river is rising…it’ll be fun.  

For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.  ~Author Unknown

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.  ~Mark Twain

There are more things, Lucilius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.  ~Seneca

Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weights you down.  ~Toni Morrison

Writing topic:  Non-anxious