A collection of random thoughts and images
from the life of a busy professional who is
working at finding peace and restoration while
trying to make the most of every day. May, by
the way, is "just" one of my cats, but she thinks
she runs my life =)
Thursday, January 16, 2014
"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do." Change the world. Back in the 80s I thought I could change the world. One person at a time. I read Ann Kiemel's books...devoured them...about being just one, but that God and I, we'd change the world. "You watch. You wait. You'll see." That was my mantra. I embraced the idea whole-heartedly. I challenged my friends and my students to join me on my journey through change. It was exciting and energizing to think about...and to make the effort. I carried that energy with me through the 90s and loved it all, loved the idea that I could make a difference. In all my thinking about change in my world, there came changes in me. As I traveled the world, literally, I began to see things differently. More globally. I began to think outside my world...and realized it would take more than just me (and God) to effect some of the changes I saw. That was a good place to start, but it couldn't stop there. I would have to encourage others to effect change in their world, too, if we wanted to make a dent at all.
In recent years, I have started each of my classes with a 10-minute writing session. Initially, it was just free-writing designed to wake their brains up, but for the past few years I've been more focused and intentional with what I want my students to think and write about. This morning, I paired the above quote with another one about making a difference: "You can't change it all at once. It's gonna take multiple people at separate stages of people's lives taking and making a difference. It's not just gonna take me." I guess that's where I am now--realizing that where I am attempting to effect change in the lives of the young people around me, I am not in a vacuum. Many came before and many more will come after. This could be daunting and/or discouraging, and could possibly cause one to say "why bother then." But there's also this: "I can do all things through Christ." I am crazy enough to believe it is indeed possible to change my world after all.
Photos taken in Butterfly Wonderland in Phoenix, Arizona