What’s your job description? Not your title or that document outlining your daily tasks and requirements, but how do YOU describe the essence, attitude and outcome of your efforts “at work”? For me, it’s not really about ‘work’, ‘labor’, ‘duties’ or ‘tasks’. It’s more about embracing what I am called to do, realizing what I can’t and can do, and advancing those actions and that mindset in each and every encounter.
Recently, there has been a buzz among my colleagues and LMOs (like-minded others) about this as it relates to “teaching”. Questions and comments, thoughts and opinions, recommendations and recounts have been posted far and wide. This activity has sparked and inspired many of us to ponder and produce our own proclamations, philosophies and manifestos. So, as my contribution to the body of knowledge, and as an explanation of my individual approach, I offer the following.
So, to address the 3 basic elements of my initial question, I can say that the essence of my “so-called” job is an exchange of experiences — a give and take of life’s lessons. My attitude toward such an endeavor is gratefulness or gratitude. That is, my “to do” list is not ever a “have to do” list, but actually a “GET to do” list. The outcome of all this is up to the participants in any given course. They will be the determining factor of what and how much WE GET TO EXCHANGE! In other words, it has very little to do with MY “teaching”, and everything to do with OUR learning.
It is not only my calling, but also my answer. It is not only my dream, but also my realization. It is not only my here and now, but also my future!