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your life in a sentence

"Getting things done is not the same as making things happen." I read these words on Facebook this morning courtesy of David Diaz. They struck a chord for me since I have been thinking about my life in a sentence courtesy of Daniel Pink (I posted the video here yesterday that talks about this). Most of the day yesterday, when I was not shopping with the resident of the back bedroom or working on the CMS for my classes or playing Bejewled or doing other things, my mind wandered back to my life in a sentence. What is my sentence?

Lesesne Industries: making reading more than moving eyes across text for 57 years. Well, there is a motto or slogan at least. But the sentence? The exercise is rather like the 6 word memoir activity. "I read. Therefore, I am alive." Simple enough. But the sentence? I think I want the sentence to be: I proved that great satisfaction comes from reading. It's still not there. Mayube once I can write my sentence, I have to be a grown up? Is that the hesitation? Do I pause because I do not want to define myself too narrowly? I know that I sometimes get rankled when someone calls me the Book Lady (partly because it sounds more like "bag lady" tagging). It is about more than the books. But the second question Pink poses is my favorite. Will I do my job better today? That is always my prayer: that I do the best I can with what talents I have been given. So, today I pledge to do a better job.

No more time to deliberate right now. I have a presentation to adjust (just found out that instead of having K-12 teachers, it will be 5-12 tomorrow), another class to fit into the new CMS before the end of the week, reading and rereading. And something about supper...

Someone left me a note at LJ about a RT involving the use of THANK YOU MR. FALKER by Patricia Polacco. It was a book this person found wanting. I must admit, I had not viewed the book in the light this person was shining on it. I had done the retweet as I thought it would be interesting to see how the book was being used to help kids form predictions, an important reading skill. I often use books others might not find as useful or literary or "good" as I do. And not everyone shares my opinion of books I find wanting. That is partly what I love about this field. We have passionate opinions about books and are not afraid to offer them to others. My own colleagues and I have different required books for children's and YA lit classes (though we also have a great deal in common as well). Maybe that is part of making things happen???
Tags: deliberations, sentences, valuing
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