Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
An Idaho State Sweatshirt suddenly showed up in my class!, originally uploaded by thebeloved.
I'm from Idaho... I live halfway around the world from Idaho. So, you can imagine my surprise when one of my students has a sweatshirt that reads "Idaho State" on it. I stopped halfway through a sentence and asked him where he got the shirt. He got it here somewhere. How odd. Maybe the world is smaller than I thought!
Monday, February 15, 2010
People in the States get annoyed with campaigning and elections. I know I did. All those commercials, all the news media. Well, even here you can be thankful. Be thankful that half the city's populations doesn't spend all night driving slowly, honking, and waving flags in large groups. Be thankful that banners and posters don't plaster every wall, or that flags and fliers don't drape every light post.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Thursday, February 04, 2010
I was feeling frustrated and tired today. I felt like giving up and wondered if I really was where I was supposed to be. Then I read this. "The place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet"... That's where I am! I lose track of time each morning and prefer being at my work even while I'm really sick. And I do meet aching needs... sometimes it's a hug to a little girl, or a smile at a student who feels alone, or opening and engaging minds that will shape the future of this country and region. Even if it isn't big, it is my "deep gladness".
"If you're not sure what to do next, consider Frederick Buechner's advice. He says to search for your vocation at "the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." You know you've found your own deep gladness when you lose track of time when you're engaged in your work. You know you've found work that meets the needs of an aching world when you discover ways that your work can bring comfort, help or healing to others."On the Death of Dreams