So close and yet so far. The semester is almost at a close. I have my last assignment to polish off (EDC3100) and an exam. This last semester has been a massive whirlwind. 3100 has tested my beliefs in more ways than one. I had to take a large side step out of my comfort zone. Who would have thought blogging was the least of those leaps, something that filled me with dread, and intrigue, at the thought prior to this subject, is now a familiar friend.
Speaking of friends, a very a dear one recently reminded me of the importance of living today, in the moment. A little line that is often touted, with lots of head nodding and smiles, but how often do we really live in the moment? My uni and business life usually consists of a set of future dates of jobs to be completed or relief from assignments and tasks finished. Little time in my day to day experience is spent appreciating the little things; like my cup of tea that gets me through the work I am doing now (in this case blogging away for an assignment). My brain idly sips away at the warm satisfying beverage without a thought. Whereas if I lived in the moment I would pause, and suck up the wee bit of joy in my favorite mug.
Children are very good at living in the moment, it is one of the reasons why I love working alongside them so much.Children delight in an amusing shaped cloud or a completely ridiculous joke that makes no sense, simply for the current moment of pure joy and seeking happiness. As teachers we know our job is to help shape little people to be the best big people they can be, whatever that may be. But as big people, we must not let the opportunity for the little people to shape us in return and remind us how to live in that ever special moment.
In Miss B’s blog she describes a beautiful scene of letting the kids record their own photographs of an activity. I would love to see those photos to find out what did they think was important about the activity. Was it a smiling friend or a momentary intrigue that grabbed their interest and was worth recording. Would an adult have recorded images from the same inspiration as the child? Certainly there will be lots of clicking for the fun of clicking the camera and doing the big persons job. But I can’t help but wonder what differences in the images would evolve from enjoying the moment, rather than recording a moment for a portfolio (as educators, is often our end goal).
This may or may not be my last blog post, as it is my last ‘required’ post for assignment purposes. I would like to think that I will continue the process, as I have found a deal of joy in it. I can see the blog as a nice tool to record moments and appreciate what is my now. But by doing this am I living in the now? Or am I simply reflecting and musing about future ideas, I think it is more of the latter, however, it is enjoyable regardless. I will leave this post with one last thought from Albert Einstein “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”