More of the things that I want…

let’s keep this going…

  • I want to learn something new every day — Yeah, I know this gets overused, but I am so fortunate to get to listen to students provide their interpretations of some incredible books. I love when a student has a differing opinion and can support it — or when she is able to articulate how much a sentence means to her. I love collaborating with my peers and looking at something that seems to be pretty murky in a way that makes it crystal clear.  I want my values to be challenged.
  • I want to read things that are able to make me feel like this: “Make me laugh.  Make me cry.  Tell me my place in the world.  Lift me out of my skin and place me in another.  Show me places I have never visited and carry me to the ends of time and space.  Give my demons names and help me to comfort them.  Demonstrate for me possibilities I’ve never thought of and present me with heroes who will give me courage and hope.  Ease my sorrows and increase my joy.  Teach me compassion.  Entertain and enchant and enlighten me. Tell me a story.”  I mean, c’mon. That’s just absolutely, positively brilliant. This passage was written by Dennis O’Neill as an introduction to the DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics. I’ve never read anything else of O’Neill’s, but he just absolutely nailed this. For me, one book I’ve read has absolutely encapsulated everything that O’Neill has in this mantra, if you will — Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. My students will start to read it tonight. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say tomorrow…
  • I want to find another visionary who’s willing to take a stand and make things that he believes in — Man, I truly hope that another Steve Jobs comes along in my lifetime. I’m 40 years old, and it amazes me when I think of all of the ways that Jobs has impacted my life. Plus, as the someecards suggested, I don’t have to own a Zune because of him. Whether you’re an Apple or PC kind of guy, you have to appreciate all that Jobs did for us.