Tuesday, April 7
2020 Visions, Part II
“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the eternal was stirring at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being. And we are now men, and must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny; and not pinched in a corner, not cowards fleeing before a revolution, but redeemers and benefactors, pious aspirants to be noble clay under the Almighty effort. Let us advance on Chaos and the Dark. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance
We had some very interesting moments at the beginning of the year. Someone said our classroom looked like the room of a witch. A senior asked to hear the story of how I recovered from a snake bite. A gentleman told me a hobbit joke. One of you said you didn’t want to read out loud in front of the class. The point is, as individuals and as a group, we went through a real metamorphosis during our time together. Some of our expectations came true, but for the most part, everything wonderful came from events we could not have foreseen.
Who could have guessed that our class would be on television and the radio? I never expected we would make a podcast for our research project until the week we started! Did you ever think we would be selected by NPR for national recognition?
Journal: We came together with very different expectations. What were your expectations for the year back in August 2019? How does the current reality differ from your expectations? Do you think the difference is a good or a bad thing?
Finally, what do you aspire to become now? How will you make your plans a reality? How will you advance on the chaos? Be specific.
*Note: as we move forward through our journals I will feature a song every day from the playlists you sent yesterday. Thank you for your work and your honest. It was thoughtful, moving, and spectacular!
Song of the Day: Don’t Stop Me Now