If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

Living Structures

Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.  Dalai Lama XIV

Comforting words for this aging school marm.

I played by the school rules as best I could.  Wrote daily lesson plans, was on time for bus duty, kept my class under control, graded and returned their papers in a timely fashion, posted classroom rules, documented parent contact, dressed appropriately…

Concrete, measurable objectives. But there are living, breathing children of God in this mix.   What of our essence?  Where does it fit?

This weekend at the haiku conference I hear the “rules” of haiku…but not rigid classroom poems.  Instead I feel within each structure, a bit of the creator’s spirit…giving it life.



Comments on: "Living Structures" (8)

  1. Compliance with rules is the absolute minimum level of measurement. Rules are generally without meaning as they are too precise. Consider morals. If you have to codify them society has already lost.

  2. And Ghandi, Mandela … few of those I admire and who made a real difference to the world kept to the rules…including my mother:-)

  3. There are “the rules” and then there are the commandments, which reach much deeper.

  4. O! I can so relate. Yes there’s the physical labour of the classroom (policy, rules, objectives) but some days we just see these beautiful children of God’s creation. Great post. Thank-you.

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