1. Co-thinking discussions. I love conversations in which the unstated premise is that you are taking the information or idea offered by the other/s and building upon it or re-interpreting it in your words, then leaving your piece out there for someone else to mold and shape and build upon. I always feel like I come away from such conversation with a deeper understanding of the world than I went in.
2. Just doing the tourist thing. We spent yesterday morning with friends being tourists in Lancaster County. Despite the “touristiness,” it was fun to watch people and to consider what about this place makes people want to come here. I love Lancaster County.
3. Those phoebe babies getting ready to fledge from the forebay rafters. Nobody can look madder than a baby bird.
4. Moving into the next stage of summer. There was the finishing up and recovery time, and then the relax a bit and play time. Now comes the get down to business time. It’s true that the second year of teaching in a new place is easier than the first. It is also true that the difference can be sort of minimal. But now, preparing for my third year, I feel much more energized for the preparations. I can see the planning all mapped out in my head much more clearly, as opposed to simply hopefully.
5. We are not alone. The world gets so heavy sometimes, but it’s at the heavy times that you can look around you and see all the people who are stepping out to the front to get the Work done. Sure, there’s a lot of fluffy and ranty clamor that distracts, but keep your eyes and ears open. They’re there, stepping into the fray, holding people, presenting clear and thoughtful ideas, loving their neighbors and the world. Often, they’re keeping their mouths shut, though sometimes they are the ones writing cogent and articulate pieces that help to shape the conversation. Listen and watch. The Workers are out there.
May we walk in Beauty!