For the last 8 months I have been focused on my learning, in an effort to help others, including myself and my colleagues, but, most importantly, the students in my school.
During this time, I have been blogging regularly as a way to make meaning and build connections with many of the things I have been reading on Twitter (and the articles, blogs, and resources I have been pointed to on Twitter). I have also been blogging as a way to reflect on my own practise – as an administrator and as an educator. I believe self-reflection can be the most outstanding professional development there is, if it is done right.
It was a little disturbing however, when someone mentioned, albeit somewhat jokingly (I hope), how I was obsessed with my blog, twitter, and learning. Hmmmmm… It got me reflecting. Could I be obsessing over my learning? My students? My colleagues? My district?
So first off, I thought it was important to review the definition of obsession:
The World English Dictionary online defines obsession as:
1. a persistent idea or impulse that continually forces its way into consciousness, often associated with anxiety and mental illness
2. a persistent preoccupation, idea, or feeling
You asked me that night, “Who inspires you?”; for me, meeting people like you and feeling how passionate they are about our profession and especially our kids, inspires me. How can it not?
The World English Dictionary defines passion as:
a strong affection or enthusiasm for an object, concept, etc…
Yes, I love learning, I love helping, I love education. I love leading. I love that I can make a difference in so many aspects of education. Yes, I have a great deal of enthusiasm for all that I do. It is this enthusiasm and optimism that people find contagious. It is this enthusiasm that helps move our system forward.
P A S S I O N
That is what makes me work as hard as I do. Contrary to what some others may believe, I am not obsessed. I am passionate. I am passionate toward education, toward learning, toward helping others – children, parents, and colleagues alike. I am passionate toward life.
It is my hope that people do not judge others based upon what they think makes that person tick. Why they think the person does what they do.
It is my hope that people would take time to truly get to know others and then accept them for who they are, not who they think they should be.
I am glad I have passion toward learning, growth, parenting, teaching, leading, and life.
It is this very passion which I find inspiring and which inspires others.
My final message for you today . . . Inspire and Be Inspired!
What do you think? Obsessed? or Passionate?
(Thank you George for your comment that prompted me to write this post.)