Sometimes blogposts and Tweets come to you like a glistening morning spider web and remind you of what you want to do. The weaving together of ideas, passions, thoughts, and inspirations from others is to me, a small miracle.
That has happened to me recently as I read an article about reflecting on your work. I kept it in my mind, and started taking notes on a sticky note stack on my desk, making observations about myself throughout the day. Then I did nothing.
Today I went looking for one thing and stumbled upon this blogpost from Jennifer Casa-Todd titled Commitment, blogging, and getting older. In her opening paragraph she writes,
Six weeks ago, my good friend George Couros, author of Innovator’s Mindset and Innovate Inside the Box, and friend and mentor, challenged me to blog more consistently. The fact is, I love to blog and I always have ideas swirling around in my head, but actually putting my ideas down and hitting publish, is always something that gets put on the back burner, because let’s face it, so many other things can take priority. I have a million other things to do! But I have always believed in the importance of reflection in and out of the classroom. So I made a commitment to myself to blog every Sunday. This is week seven! It has not been easy.
This was an aha/reminder moment for me because several months ago, I was inspired George Couros to just keep blogging. I posted this Tweet on June 29:
THEN this morning I also bunny trailed it to this article by Katie Martin of katielmarin.com:
Reflection: Why We Need to Create More Time to Process What We are LearningPosted on November 10, 2019by Katie Martin
I love it when I am "accidentally" led to reminders of what I want to do. Blog. I love blogging, but it is like the Prince's Ball and I have to get all of my chores done before I go.
This morning alone, while heading to my computer to write this post, I was distracted by:
All things that are good and well; but I had to make myself stop and sit and write. I have to give myself permission to write. And I do. Inspired by George and Jennifer and Katie and Matt, I am going to commit to writing a blog post every Saturday. Just a second, I'm going to put it in my calendar.
I'm back. I'm so grateful for the people who take time to reflect, share, and inspire. AND for those who encourage others to do the same. I had the honor of chatting with Matt Miller after a workshop last month and he said (paraphrased) that we all have our own stories and perspectives that need to be shared.
Jill A. Hostetler