May 7, 2022
Up before dawn to get ready for class. I planned on reading the final two student papers before class after I took a shower. But I knew that what I had prepared for the two classes today wouldn’t do. This has been an extraordinarily difficult semester for students. Yet the students kept trying to do their best. I wondered how I could honor their hard work and as I showered, words flowed through me – “the art of letting go.”
Even though we are scheduled to see each other again in the fall, one never knows what surprises life may bring. Each moment together could be our last.
A Courageous Red Poll – May 2, 2022
A Curious Squirrel – May 2, 2022
The Art of Letting Go
We spend a lifetime learning the art of letting go
when we begin there’s so much we don’t know
about the highs and lows, the good times and bad
perhaps in the end grateful for all the chances we’ve had
to know both joy and sorrow, failure and success
to love and lose, to laugh and cry, to blame and bless
finally learning we have only this moment today
to create memories that will help us keep finding our way
I know that words cannot express the gifts that come from students. Even though I have read the articles I’ve assigned many times, the papers students wrote during the past semester pointed out things I had never noticed or considered. Each point of view was unique, each focused on different issues, and each was written in a different voice. The lesson of research, really – to explore and consider as many vantage points as possible when trying to understand an issue.
But the most profound gift was their inspiration. No matter how overburdened their lives were, they showed up and tried – tenacious, resilient, and willing to consider uncomfortable truths. They wanted to learn all they could because they believe it’s possible to help make the world a healthier, kinder, more peaceful place for all. It’s not just wars that have been an enduring presence throughout history, though. There have also been never-ending acts of creativity, kindness, and heroism, many of which are not mentioned in history books, or these days, by mainstream media. We cover that in classes, too.
Each group of students inspires me to keep learning and trying new things. Who could ask for a better job even though it also means learning the art of letting go?