Ok friends this is a highly inspirational post. I recently decided to season my blog with posts that are uplifting and inspirational, and not totally 'diverse-books' centered. Why? Because I believe whoever aims to live a multiethnic diverse lifestyle will encounter discouragement along the way. Because surviving and thriving life requires us to season our life with uplifting inspirational words. Because, we are friends and that's what friends do. (at least my friends:) And lastly, because I'm just walking though a season in life right now that's choke full of musing about life, the meaning of life, how to live an intentional life... yep, one of those seasons. I'm probably too young for mid-life crisis but it's probably something deep like that that I'm wading through right now. (: So why not share it on this blog and inspire others, too?
So here we go. But first disclaimer: I'm going to share real candid about, not just my great philosophic findings and splendid ideas, but about personal weaknesses and ways that I deal with shortcomings or challenges:
So here we go for real now:
Look at the picture above. What do you see? A gorgeous curly girl of color browsing through a little free library. Little free libraries... Those phenomena that just popped up out of nowhere everywhere like mushrooms, I feel. And I love them! These little libraries scattered around neighborhoods all over the country simply speak a million things at one time without saying a word. Things like, I love nature, outdoors. I love my neighborhood and my neighbors. I love to share. My books and wisdom. I love slow paced walks and browsing through books. I love books. I love diversity of books. I am willing to give, willing to be honest and I am an IMPORTANT contribution to the wisdom pool of my neighborhood.... etc. (you add...)
Deep thougths on a little box with book in it? Yes. But I have to be really honest. Until today I loved the IDEA of these libraries and the theory I just stated. I loved looking at them driving by but I never actually engaged!
This morning however, my youngest two out of nowhere BEGGED me to take their bikes down the street to exchange books there.
Honestly: The schedule-loving, efficient, on time, ain’t-nobody-got time-for-change-of-plans GERMAN in me raised her eye brows high asking, “why??” However.... the lay back Ghanaian in me smiled, shushed that German away and answered: “why not?!” 😉 ....and so we spend 30 minutes this morning finding and browsing two little libraries in our neighborhood.
My take away... I realized the beauty and importance of continuous spontaneity as we educate and build relationships with those we educate and in life in general. I realized that even in a full classroom setting I actually do enjoy those moments I allow myself to pick up ideas from various students that differ from my planned lesson and thus affirm the students’ important contribution to our learning.
So, in summary I realized .... 1.) .... the “why not’s” in life are so important!! (Reading “year of yes” by beautiful, brilliant and hilarious Shonda Rhimes right now and like her underlining message of: we’ve only been giving one life, so losen up buttercup;). 2.) I realized ..... I actually do believe those old folks who say “you’ll blink and they’ll be in college already... the days are long but the years are short.” 3.) I realized ..... I do want my kids to call from college one day and say, “hey mom, remember the spontaneous trips to the library, the beautiful nature walks and that spontaneous In-and-out field trip where we learnt to make the perfect burger and how to run a successful company?!” And finally I realized... 4)... I really love myself and my life when I allow my Ghanaian side take over more!
Do you sometimes follow spontaneous ideas with those you educate and then realize that you never regret it?
California based Ghanaian-German educator, writer, bookworm and mama of three. A lover of all things nature, diversity & healthy.
"Education is nothing else than discovery.
And discovery full of diversity is beautiful."
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My name is Nancy. I'm a teacher, home educator, wife, mother, writer and accidental German-Ghanaian transplant to the U.S., in love with California and all things diversity.