Solitude is important. I find that spending time with my self can be quite challenging. Things I do not want to see or talk about emerge and ask to be heard out and made visible. I think in that way there is a poet inside all of us. We need the solitude to allow the light to seep through the cracks and help us find our way.
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I posted this on the whiteboards in my classroom several years ago. Parents and students would stop and read it occasionally and I would remind students about it. It is interesting how childhood stories have deep and lasting meaning for us. We only have to be open to the messages.
Originally posted on A Small Act Of Kindness Can Bring Smile On Million Faces:
It took a couple of weeks to re-blog this, but I held onto it because it is a beautiful play on words and the way we see the world. I often refer to myself as the prototypical Type A person who is blessed with a a Type B person in Kathy. But, we both enjoy Tai Pei.
Originally posted on Tuesdays with Laurie:
- To gain insight into our learning styles, tendencies, and blind spots.
- To leverage our strengths and talents for the company’s benefit.
When I was in the corporate world, it was determined that I’m an ENTP on the Myers Briggs, a Maximizer on Strengthsfinder, a high D on the DISC, and orange on the True Colors assessment. Bottom line on top: a Type A personality.
Technology is here and keeps moving forward. It means we should consider the ways we use the tools and ask questions about their impacts on us as humans and the world we live in going from local to global. I loved the quotes from Thoreau and Merton which points us towards use of technology requiring a mindful stance. We sometimes forget that part.
Originally posted on through the luminary lens:
This weeks photo challenge asks us to create a three photo story. The first, a broad photo of your subject; the second, a relationship with 2 elements interacting with each other; the third, a detail of one part of your subject.
~ Here is the story, Our Home on the Lake, narrated by Thomas Merton ~
Thoreau sat in his cabin and criticized the railways. I sit in mine and wonder about a world that has – well, progressed.
I am not sure where this is located, but it is spectacular. I was reminded of La Chute Montmorency which is just outside Quebec City. Despite the power, during the winter they partially freeze up which contrasts the power of the falls during the summer months.
We are always in the process of change, but do not see it clearly as such. It is often incorporated into the world that is our lives and stays below the surface. The challenge is to surface the change and work with it seeing that it is always happening and the dark side will move along just as the bright side does.
The Allen Ginsberg quote and the beautiful poem are simple messages about being whole. Who we are is not something to be hidden, but something to be brought out and shared in the light of the moon perhaps at first and gradually in the light of day.