“You’ve seen my descent. Now watch my rising.” –Rumi
“If I have something that is too difficult for adults to swallow, I will write it in a book for children.” –Madeline L’Engle
“Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other people, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” – Albert Einstein
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” –perhaps Dorothy Parker
“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” –Thomas Paine
“Once in a lifetime the longed for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme.” – Seamus Heaney
1. Sleep is healing, and I got lots yesterday and last night. Cold, be gone!
2. Did I mention those fields of sunflowers? I might do it every day for a while. How those golden faces turn toward sunrise.
3. My colleagues. What a team of earnest, compassionate, gentle people, all focused on building up and supporting our teenagers.
4. My kids’ teachers.
5. Homemade pizza
May we walk in Beauty!
Robert Brewer suggests a “We’re Being Watched” Poem today:
When you walk in the fields,
when you wander in the woods–
sometimes you will feel it.
When you are looking closely
at the way the fern curls or
at the obscure twittering bird
hopping just out of sight
in a leafy bower or
at the way the ladybug
race-waddles around the tabletop,
when you are in the act of noticing
the way the minnows dart
in seemingly random chaos
before they form up
into an ordered school or
the way the sun illuminates
the golden of an autumn afternoon,
or the way one piece of quartz–
just one of thousands–
suddenly sparkles from the field row
Have you also noticed
that you are being noticed, too?
How the looking goes out
while drawing other looking in?
How the inner knowing eye
of all that is
is bent upon observing
the awe-inspiring creature
that is you?
1. The shining faces of those students last night after the play, thoughtfully and fervently discussing race and change, personal accountability, and the power of a good story to make us more deeply, compassionately human. I am so proud to know them.
2. Story. The power of story to bring us all to the table.
3. Grace. Restoration. Redemption.
4. Rose hips
May we walk in Beauty.