Day 28 “I Teach”

“A moment happens while living upon this earth when you realize it is not all about you…and then you teach!”

 

I need to refocus! Yesterday’s session with my editor spun me out of optimism and into a depressive inertia. I spent my time designing the “Refrain from the Identical” creativity site because I had nothing to write.

Today I need to write myself through this malaise. With ambitions reigned in and realism renewed,  I jump up and into my writing saddle. I now try to ready for a mountainous trek while envisioning the frothy sweat gathering on mule’s haunches.

My editor’s critique was what I expected. She cited my strength as vivid imagery. My weaknesses did not surprise: grammar, organization, wordiness, and redundancies. I groaned while anticipating the mountain of work before me.

“Life is a tradeoff!” She explained. My translation, “You can’t do it all but have to choose what you sense God’s destiny is for you and then focus.” Today I remind myself that my destiny divides between teaching and creating—melding these when possible in spite of the increasingly stricter state regulations separating them.

Today I feel stymied. I do not have sure footing as a writer. Nevertheless,  human effort will climb higher up this rocky path. My mother reminds me that my writing path is like the camps on the way to Mt. Everest. The hikers reach a camp, recuperate, and then climb to the next camp even higher. Maybe one day I will be a guide for youth ambitious enough to take this trek.

One of my budding student writers said a  tearful goodbye on Friday. I featured her free verse poem in one of my blog  postings. Her family’s move out-of-state forced her departure. I gave her a CD of PowerPoint and writing projects she completed while she wiped tears from eyes. Reassurances of reaching me online through the blog sites seemed to bring some comfort.

My heart ached over not getting to watch her writing gift blossom. She reminded me why I teach!

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About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com. Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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One Response to Day 28 “I Teach”

  1. slamdunk says:

    Great quote. Hang in there with your revisions–you have lots of talent.

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