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This has been a challenging blog post to compose. Not because I struggled with what to say, but instead how to say it. Playing through my mind is John Mayer’s beautiful song “Say.”
Taking his advice I will say this with an open heart but also a respectful voice. Being passionate about what you believe makes you so deeply invested. When you believe strongly about something it can be so difficult to understand why it isn’t as obvious to others. When you believe in moving forward it can be frustrating to hear “no.” Yesterday I called the power of my passion into question. I began to doubt that it could make a difference. I began to wonder if passion was enough to bring about change.
It is ironic because when I am with my PLN and my classmates learning, sharing, growing, and exploring I feel like I can take on the world. I believe anything is possible and I feel my passion bubbling over. I believe the power of all our shared passion is such a force it would be unfathomable for it not to bring about change, on a massive scale. I am surrounded by hundreds of authentic examples every day of passion-based action by educators. Embedded in their work is what they believe in their hearts, their guts and their minds. They are teaching with passion. Today I vowed to shake off the discouragement by reminding myself that passion does matter, it really matters, and I am not alone in this belief.
Bringing me back from the edge were amazing classmates, friends, professors and strangers…through blogs, tweets and Skype calls. Thank you for rallying around, guiding me back to the path and sharing your own passions. I was down but not out because of your support.
I wanted to share a small sampling from my collection of blog posts that give me perspective and hope. In Angela Maiers’ blog post “Superman Ain’t Coming and Why That’s a Good Thing” she talks about all the waiting that happens in education. This waiting makes us feel hopeless and helpless. However as educators we have the power to make change happen though our “superpowers of empathy, compassion and passion.” I am wearing my cape, Angela! Jeff Zoul writes about creating a “Culture of Yes” within his school. “In a Culture of Yes, risk-taking and innovation are encouraged and even expected.” To you Jeff I say, “Yes!” Bill Ferriter discusses being digitally resilient despite the challenges we face. The image in his post is hanging on my wall.
As well as, here are a few of the many bloggers who boldly ask the big questions and inspire me to stay passionate:
In an effort to surround myself with positivity I want to add to these collections. The brave words and actions of others are validating, empowering and strength-filled. Please share in the comment section the bloggers and blog posts that inspire you and offer hope for change.