Later, as I put away my new embroidery supplies and thought about the workshop, it occurred to me that Stephanie strengthened my eagerness to learn by integrating the seven characteristics of relationship-based, reflective practice into her teaching style.
Gathering information certainly helps with decision-making, but sometimes information isn’t enough.
That’s the major function of a mind map – to sort out what matters most from a welter of ideas, concepts, thoughts and feelings what matters most.
She, a tall, shapely, long-limbed and utterly striking African-American woman, could not have looked more different from me. And yet, she was me.
In times of heightened stress, it’s easier for us to react to others’ expectations than to figure out and do what we find means the most, that fulfills us and brings a sense of joy.
If you could get unbusy tomorrow, what would you do less of? What would you do more of?
Taking time to to turn inward over these past five months has let me learn a lot. I find myself changed in some fundamental ways by this experience.
Throughout this, I have persevered. Perseverance is about persisting in spite of counter influences, discouragement or opposition.
Our task during the challenging years ahead is to take care of ourselves so we can commit to effective action for the long haul.