Friday, November 12, 2021 (Day 315)
Relaxing Music for the week: Brother to the Wind: Deuter (10:19) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5f4k3Jk-4U
Question: What gives your life meaning today? What leaves you feeling purposeful?
Answer: It’s such a joy in my heart when I see people finally “get it,” when they finally understand what they are here to do, then do it. Knowing that I had a hand in that process is what fills my soul. I just finished class this morning and a couple of students came up to me and shared that they really enjoyed the class. One even shared that she decided to go to another school (community college) and pursue a healthcare-related field – and that was because of this class. She thanked me because she shared that if she didn’t have the class, she most likely would be languishing in trying to become a nurse, knowing that she would be close to the 3.9 GPA she needs to get in. And THAT’S why I do this work! And she shared that she would have a WHOLE lot less debt! I asked her to contribute to the Bill Johnson Fund with all the money she’s saving! She laughed at that one! But the thing that I love the most is that she took it upon herself to come up with her plan. And now, SHE owns it, not the institution. And that’s all I’m trying to do – empower young (and old) people take control of their lives, instead of letting others dictate what they should do. How’s that for a concept? And that’s why I LOVE the Life Design Catalyst Training – we have LOTS and LOTS of conversations around purpose and meaning. Not only how we can help our constituents purpose purpose and meaning, but how do we do it in our own lives. And it’s just ONE MONTH away, when I get to hang out with some incredible people and friends on this journey called life.
If you’re into education, learning, and/or teaching, I have a really interesting KINDLE book for you to check out that I started reading this morning:
- Adaptable: How to Create an Adaptable Curriculum and Flexible Learning Experiences That Work in Any Environment by AJ Juliani – https://www.amazon.com/Adaptable-Curriculum-Flexible-Experiences-Environment-ebook/dp/B09KP2GYSG/ref=sr_1_1
I’ve only read the first four chapters during my morning workout, but three of the first four chapters resonated with my soul. In a nutshell, it’s how we should construct curriculum that are student-centered and student-driven, not program/institution driven. One of the best thoughts from the book – “People over Programs. Relationships matter.” Amen, brother!