We could all do with a bit of motivation sometimes; a reminder to keep believing in ourselves and our capacity to do something of value. I am very fortunate that motivation comes when most needed.
Good Thinking Made Public
This is a book I received from @kathleencushman, the author. In it is a ‘with compliments’ card saying “…thank you for your good thinking made public”. I’ve previously blogged about this so won’t re-hash too much.
This came early in my blogging career when I certainly didn’t assume my thinking was particularly good, or good enough to really be made all that public. Truth is, I started blogging for me – read more in “Reader, you are important to me“. For the most part, I still blog for me, as part of my thinking and learning process. However, I have come to believe in the power of getting it out there – good or bad! well-articulated or not.
As an aside, I have read Fires in the Mind since that previous post and I can tell you that this book is gold. Kathleen’s work is practical as well as inspirational. It is practically a handbook for helping youth discover the values of mastery and develop skills accordingly. If you don’t trust my judgement (which is fair enough), perhaps you will @shannoninottawa in this post.
Ordinary to you. Amazing to others.
This is a gift from @whatedsaid who invited me to join the Inquire Within community. She gave me the link when I voiced my doubts of being good enough; I was very touched. The video itself is powerful, for sure as evidenced by the replies and kudos I got for tweeting the link. It is even more powerful as a targeted gift; Edna honestly believed it was true for me – I’m still hoping she’s not somehow deluded.
So I write this post not to say that my thinking or blogging are any better though I certainly hope I’m improving. The point really is to show Kathleen and Ed that their gifts have kept on giving because in my ordinariness, perhaps I have been amazing after all. So then, my dear reader, be inspired enough to be amazing in your ordinariness….and generous enough to give this gift to your peers and/or students.
We can all….