No model is exactly what we are looking for but rather the start of what can be as we take it, shape it, grow and develop it from good to better to best…to date. How exciting it is to nurture a work of love!
When I read Escher’s statement on this @gapingvoid cartoon, one of my personality quirks suddenly made sense…or at least I understood it better. People throughout my life have commented on how I seemed to thrive on stress, which at first, I found offensive. But, as I got older and saw how I had regularly piled high expectations on myself to accomplish many things in short periods of time, I realized that they were right. Now I recognize that I have enjoyed the chaos, but even more so, finding ways to defeat it. It may have wreaked havoc on my nerves and that of my family occasionally, but Escher’s right. My goal has been to produce order out of chaos and become my own super hero, albeit a tired one!
Today I announced to my students that I was retiring at the end of this December due to Act 10 in Wisconsin. It will be very hard to leave a job, students, and colleagues that I love. But, I am not leaving my career or teaching; it is too much a part of who I am to leave it behind. I love the art of teaching and I remain intoxicated by possibility.
Thank you once again to @gapingvoid for the art work and the inspiration.
Many thanks to @gapingvoid for sharing this cartoon and the following thought, both of which are worth sharing and sharing again. @Hugh may be talking about passion in good business, but I don’t think there’s any doubt about the importance of passion in good teaching.“This was originally done for Stormhoek, the little South African winery that my buddy, Jason Korman, founded. Passion sounds like a good idea, but why bother? I saw a quote recently from screenwriter, Joss Whedon, which stirs up a certain deep understanding about it: “Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted… unbidden… it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us… passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we’d know some kind of peace… but we would be hollow… Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we’d be truly dead.” In business, passions are what make the difference. Our need to tinker, develop, perfect, is born more out of soulfulness and passion, then just a need to ‘get it right’. When we lose our passion or choose to do something that we have no passion for, we just show up just to
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