- My husband. He has seen the worst and best of me, and still loves me through all of it. He is also a great dad to our
- Children. Even the acts of bringing them into this world were profoundly life changing (they have amazing birth stories), and they continue to teach me about what's important, and even more importantly, act as mirrors to my own
- Values, beliefs, and habits. There's nothing like a child to make one aware of one's own faults and foibles. They are reflections of my best and worst behavior, and keep me mindful that my words are less powerful than my
- Actions. Remember that old saying about how people won't remember what you said, but they'll remember how you made them feel? Actions and attitudes speak louder than lectures delivered at multi-digit decibels. The older I get, the more I realize that the people I love and the things I care about need my active
- Attention. Nowadays, my family gets my attention. So do my friends, my students, my administrators, my colleagues, and issues that engage my passion for education, equality, and human rights. But attention isn't only an outward action; it also involves
- Mindfulness. Amid all these demands for my attention, I am learning to cherish the inner quiet and engage in activities that feed my soul, like reading and crocheting. In a state of mindfulness, I can revel in
- Gratitude. I have so many wonderful blessings in my life--nuclear and extended family, friends, home, job, books, yarn, trees, sunshine, rain....I'm even grateful for my washer and dryer, and indoor plumbing, and coffee with creamer!
There is so much loving and learning to do. That's what I'm living for. What's your motivation?