ON TEACHING: Learning from Discouragement

Here’s an entry from my teaching journal in 2002, concerning my work in English class with 8th and 9th graders. I was discouraged, but luckily I was able to learn something from my disappointment in myself …

… and here are some scenes from our lovely sunrise walk this morning along the Mystic River …

… and here I am with daughter Annie after a wonderful and very chilly walk on the beach …

WORDS LIKE LIGHT 

Saturday, August 7, 2021

KIND

         The older I get, the more clearly I realize that this life I am part of is thoroughly kind. Even its sorrows and troubles carry kindheartedness with them, quietly blessing us with a little more wisdom. Even a disaster holds helpfulness at its center, allowing us to show the unselfishness that secretly resides in all of us.  After hurricanes, the care and consideration of townspeople comes forward in ways unseen before, and forest fires give goodwill a chance to show its hidden abundance in the work of firefighters and ordinary folk. I see sympathy – the universe’s willingness to care for me in countless ways – in every passing moment: my breath reliably coming and going, the dependable labor of my heart, the endless rising of brand new moments as amazing as sunrises. Life is truly my helpful friend, an attentive and friendly force that always stays beside me. Today would be a good day to show my gratitude for this never-ending neighborliness.