Make music with your life a jagged silver tune cuts every deepday madness into jewels that you wear
Carry 16 bars of old blues with you everywhere you go walk thru azure sadness howlin Like a guitar player
– Bob O’Meally
This week I have the pleasure of instructing virtual training sessions on “Teaching with Heart, Purpose, and Passion” for two teachers, Emily and Lori, who will teach in high schools in China in the fall.
I sent Emily and Lori a bunch of poems by email and asked them to read the poems and select the one that spoke the most to her.
Emily picked “Make Music with Your Life.” When I asked her what lines, words, images and metaphors stood out for her in the poem, she said she was drawn to the title and the first line. She is a musically-oriented person, who listens to music 5-6 hours a day. Continue Reading »
Courage is the price which life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things;
knows not the livid loneliness of fear not mountain heights, where bitter joy can hear the sound of wings.
How can life grant us boon of living, compensate for dull gray ugliness and pregnant hate unless we dare
the soul’s dominion? Each time we make a choice we pay with courage to behold resistless day and count it fair.
On Friday I was discussing the opening line of this poem with a group of teenagers and young adults.
We discussed one’s comfort zone, how when we stay in it too long and fall into a rut or stuck in habits, we feel no peace.
As humans we live with the dynamic of being called to move in and out of our comfort zones.
If I am willing to be uncomfortable, scared, anxious and not at peace by stepping out of my comfort zone into the growth and learning zone, then, later, after things have settled a bit, I have the possibility of peace.