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Thoughtful Thursdays: On Teaching

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I am thankful for the ability to ponder. To thoughtfully consider. To “split infinitives” as I please. To think. I think…

Thoughtful Thursdays are one opportunity for me to share and showcase some of the ideas, sayings, proverbs, quotations and clichés that inspire and motivate me.

So, what inspires me this week? Glad you asked…

I discovered a gem for teaching on Facebook a while back that does an excellent job of summarizing one of the reasons I bow to the inevitable and acknowledge that I am wired to teach. It is a pithy existential statement answering the question: why.

teaching for outcome

It’s on my Teaching Quotes page as well, but I want to showcase it here.

Thoughtful Thursdays: One Response to Invictus–Conquered

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I am thankful for the ability to ponder. To thoughtfully consider. To “split infinitives” as I please. To think. I think…

Thoughtful Thursdays are one opportunity for me to share and showcase some of the ideas, sayings, proverbs, quotations and clichés that inspire and motivate me.

Henley’s poem, “Invictus” inspired me before I came to Believe. There are other poems that have moved me even more. This piece by Dorothea Day is one.

Conquered

Out of the light that dazzles me,
Bright as the sun from pole to pole,
I thank the God I know to be
For Christ the conqueror of my soul.

Since His the sway of circumstance,
I would not wince nor cry aloud.
Under that rule which men call chance
My head with joy is humbly bowed.

Beyond this place of sin and tears
That life with Him! And His the aid,
Despite the menace of the years,
Keeps, and shall keep me, unafraid.

I have no fear, though strait the gate,
He cleared from punishment the scroll.
Christ is the Master of my fate,
Christ is the Captain of my soul.

Day, like Henley, is virtually unknown, save for (this) one poem. I have read (but haven’t found solid documentation) that, as a young lady, she admired Henley’s self reliant perspectives. She became a Believer later in life and penned this response to Henley’s work. It may also be found under the title “My Captain.”

Thoughtful Thursdays: Problems Posting & a Check on the Experiment

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I am thankful to be able to post again, after several weeks of technical difficulties. I was able to write–I have material to post, Just wasn’t able to connect the dots.

About what am I thoughtful this Thursday? The depth of my dependence on technical toys. Not posting, not having the accountability of my readers, just knowing I wasn’t pushing the envelope as hard as I needed to was enough to demonstrate the effectiveness of the experiment: my attitude changed radically and not at all for the better. It may take a bit for me to finally get all the posts online…

Happily, it’s all fixed.

I think.

UPDATE 18 April: I thought wrong. Didn’t listen to the wisdom of those who clearly said to write posts elsewhere and then transfer them to WP. Several posts have vanished into the ethers. Probably the same place the sock disappear to when in the dryer…I still have my outlines and a lot of text but the links & pictures & stuff…gotta rework alla that.

Thoughtful Thursdays: The Essence of Ethics

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I am thankful for the ability to ponder. To thoughtfully consider. To “split infinitives” as I please.

Thoughtful Thursdays are an opportunity to share and showcase some of the ideas, sayings, proverbs, quotations and clichés that inspire and motivate me.
Just Because You Can...

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

In a book “Lest We Forget”  By Lt. Col. Carlos A. Keasler, U.S. Army, (Retired)
A Memoir of the Philippine Liberation Campaign

See also: 1 Co 6:12

Thoughtful Thursdays: the Last Supper…Seder

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I am thankful for the ability to ponder. To thoughtfully consider. To “split infinitives” as I please. To think. I think…

Thoughtful Thursdays are one opportunity for me to share and showcase some of the ideas, sayings, proverbs, quotations and cliches that inspire and motivate me.

Specifically today, I am thankful for the Seder meal, especially as understood from a Messianic perspective. I understand that there are many dissenting viewpoints, and not all of them are Jewish. Be that as it may, this is what I believe.

While there are challenges in pinning exact timelines down, the parallels between the accounts of the Last Supper and Passover are too numerous to ignore. As mentioned earlier, the Gospel writers had an agenda and satisfying our demands for every historical tidbit just wasn’t on their to do list. That’s OK. There is evidence aplenty and more than enough reasonable ideas to explain so called problems or alleged contradictions. Not my purpose to do full bore apologetics here. Simply to state that I find the aforementioned parallels to be tremendously inspirational and uplifting during this liturgical season.

It is especially important, imVho, to recall these things, as Paul urges us in 1 Co 11, when we as Believers celebrate Communion.

BTW, I am thankful for the inspiration this event gave DaVinci for the incredible art shown above. Just wish he hadn’t used an experimental fresco technique…

Thoughtful Thursday: Perspectives

animated_thinking_cap I am thankful for the ability to ponder. To thoughtfully consider. To “split infinitives” as I please. Thoughtful Thursdays are opportunities to share and showcase some of the ideas, sayings, proverbs, quotations and clichés that inspire and motivate me. (I had intended originally to have Mindful Mondays…but wanted to use the alliteration for Music. And the clichés are included for a reason: a truth becomes a cliché precisely because it is so often repeated. imVho.)

Thus today: Perspective, historically speaking… Or spin, as the less charitable might have it. Consider one of the most famous rejoinders in history:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yenXAnAYx8k

We will fight in the shade. Indeed. Didn’t help them survive (and it was a lot more than just the ‘300’ (Spartans)–about a thousand of ’em all told, but that’s for another history lesson). But it sure is something to think about.  Talk about a “lemons into lemonade” attitude.

Thoughtful Thursday: Interested? Or Committed?

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I am thankful for the ability to ponder. To thoughtfully consider. To “split infinitives” as I please.

For Today:

If you’re interested, you will do what is convenient;
if you’re committed, you’ll do whatever it takes.

John Assaraf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughtful Thursdays are an opportunity to share and showcase some of the ideas, sayings, proverbs, quotations and clichés that inspire and motivate me. I had intended originally to have Mindful Mondays…but wanted to use the alliteration for Music. And the clichés are included for a reason: a truth becomes a cliché precisely because it is so often repeated.

imVho. Vh.