I’d like to give every young teacher some good news. Teaching is a very easy job. Administrators will tell you what to do. You’ll be given books and told chapters to assign the children. Veteran teachers will show you the correct way to fill out forms and have your classes line up.And here’s some more good news. If you do all of these things badly, they let you keep doing it. You can go home at three o’clock every day. You get about three months off a year. Teaching is a great gig.However, if you care about what you’re doing, it’s one of the toughest jobs around.
I have been reading such wonderful books as Adam Grant’s Originals- How Non-Conformists Move the World. This book actually made me cry! Who would have thought that a book filled with case studies would make me cry! It reminded me of when the author of Orange is the New Black writes about crying over Boston Red Sox winning the World Cup, a mundane moment that stirred something in her because she used to joke about being imprisoned if the Red Sox ever won. Sometimes it’s the most mundane moments that are the most cathartic….
I think all of one’s favorite books in the different phases of one’s life are a reflection of one’s inner most feelings. What have been your favorite books in the different phases of your life? Mine have been:
1980s?-Childhood- Anne of Green Gables
1990s?-Adolescence and various forms of love- And Their Eyes Were Watching God
2002? Young Love and Coming of Age- All the Pretty Horses
2008? Divorce/ Forgiveness/ Redemption- The Kite Runner
2012? Adulthood and transitions- The Ten Things to Do When Life Falls Apart
So it is that poverty becomes the mother of invention, accident and loss the matrix of spiritual depth, and frustration, exhaustion, and disgust the royal road to creativity. Instead of decrying the fact that life is requiring that you take some strange new steps, you might as well get with the program and simply bumble forward…You may not be able to see the final destination… A boat far at sea can end up at either North or South America just because somewhere in the middle of the ocean its captain turned the wheel just the teeniest bit in one direction… the hand of the universe telling you to change course.”- Daphne Rose Kingma
2014? Discovering travel and the world outside of school and work- The Geography of Bliss
2017. Now- Originals- How Non-Conformists Move the World
This book begins with the quote:
The reasonable man adapts to the world. The unreasonable man adapts the world to himself; therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
– George Bernard Shaw
I wonder what book will be my favorite next! Wherever life takes me next… Perhaps it will be a book of my own writing…
We have the capacity to design the lives that we want to live, and not the ones that were designed for us. -Ron Finley