I have been feeling lost lately. I have been feeling distant from myself. I have been feeling disconnected from what really matters. And I have been downright crabby.
So, Saturday morning, knowing I had an hour of wait time to fill during an oil change and tire rotation, I grabbed a couple of old notebooks to reread. My hope was that sifting through past notes, wise words, and thoughts I’d forgotten I ever had would offer a spark, perhaps even awaken something inside of me.
I ended up taking new notes on my old notes. I marked passages that I intend to revisit soon. And I came across this gem from Gary Paulsen’s address to teachers at the Illinois Reading Council Conference a couple years ago:
Boy, did these words ever awaken something inside of me! Paulsen’s advice was like fuel for my soul. Don’t let them grind at me. Is that what I was allowing to happen? Well, not anymore. Thanks to Gary Paulsen.