Every Sunday, I try to read Brain Pickings. I used to read this to find something I could add to my staff blog. That is over now, but I still need to write and share. This quote from Marcus Aurelius seemed to be a great way to start as we all head back to some form of work.
At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work — as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for — the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?”
So you were born to feel “nice”? Instead of doing things and experiencing them? Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands?
Marcus Aurelius – as read in Brain Pickings
Now is my time to redefine what it means to work. This is my first day without a formal ‘job’ in over 31 years. How I will define work will have to change.
There is plenty of ideas to fill the gap – no problem.
First, I pledged to do 31 posts in 31 days. This was to be the first real posting day, but I snuck in a few earlier. There is also the great challenge put out by AJ Juliani to blog for 30 days. Signed up for that too #30daysblogging.
That could be enough work to get me started, but I have also taken on a different challenge. I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with a great group of adventurers at the end of March. I am doing this because I need to break out and take on a physical challenge. The climb also allows me to raise money for the Ottawa Senators Foundation – a group that does amazing work for our kids here in Ottawa.
No pressure, but if you want to donate to my charity (goal $6000.00) you can give on-line here.
This is my main work for the next three months.
I will also work on learning and reflecting on what I have experienced as an educator over the past 31 years. The more distance I get from my conventional job the easier – I think – it will be for me to reflect, learn and of course write. This blog will actually help me to focus my learning. There are so many directions I can go in now that I am finally freed from my daily work obligations. This blog may help me to focus on a few learning goals that I can move through over the next few months.
For today, an eight-kilometre hike in -30 C conditions. A good start, I think for the first new day of learning.