Senge (2006) indicated personal mastery embodies two underlying movements. First, individually we continually clarify what is important and, second; continually learn how to see our personal reality more clearly (pp. 131 – 132). To do those things we need the space, a combination of time and place, to reflect.Spokaneprovides that space and I spend more time in reflection. I can step back from the cauldron of everyday life, its demands on me, and the ubiquity of problems to be resolved.
Since arriving July 3rd, between readings, writing, and conversations, I took time to reflect. I read Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken in which he writes about connectivity or synchronicity (Jungian) in the world. I have witnessed some of the same in my life. 12 years ago, driving to work, I was immersed in my normal daily routine of listening to the radio. Usually, when the horoscope came on, I flipped to a CD or turned the radio down. That morning I listened. My horoscope informed me I would have a second chance and I should take advantage. Later that morning, I was called in to re-interview for a teaching role at Stony Creek. The rest is history: the job was offered, I accepted, and began the following September.
That May morning, I was afforded a chance to work and learn in the company and presence of families and educators at Stony Creek. I “felt connected to others and to life itself … part of a larger creative process, which [I] can influence but cannot unilaterally control” (Senge, 2006, p. 132). Personal mastery is about unseen forces which move us in the direction of what we are good at and love. It is a part of the creative process I have been ensconced in at Stony Creek.
“It seems like everywhere I go/ The more I see, the less I know/ But I know, one thing, That I love you.” You, in this case, is the learning and being part of a creative process. Any time we create, it should be for the love of what we do individually and collectively.