Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Random Things That I Know To Be True
2) Everything changes. Need I say more?
3) Cracks are the way subtle change happens. The crack lets the light in and the light allows you to see more.
4) It's okay to be who you are. Part 1: I remember the first time I heard this. It was the first week of school and I had my K - 2 students gathered on the rug in front of me. We had been creating and refining our class rules - you know, the usual things: Be respectful of other people. Be respectful of other people's stuff. Listen. That sort of thing. Five year old Forest raised his hand - Forest of the long hair, solemn demeanor, and bit of a lisp. His contribution? It's okay to be who you are. Bingo! That became our mantra for the year and now I have learned it for my life.
5) It's okay to be who you are. Part 2: I am me. I am not, nor can I ever be, that other person. I don't need to compare myself to the other. That person brings all of who they are to my world but I can never be them. I can only be me. That's the only person I can be.
7) I have to create space in life for letting the day unfold. I have to have time to let my attention wander to wherever it wants to wander. I can be curious to see where my attention takes the rest of me. It's okay to wander to books, to walks, to desk straightening, to emails, to art, to the beach, to naps, to conversations (with myself or with others), to household chores, to watching the clouds, to playing with the plants, to dreaming, to nothing.
8) Challenging every thought is a good thing. Avoiding assumptions is a good thing.
9) I will never be too old to stop learning.