I just started being a college professor, I feel like I just started. I’m teaching one class a semester and I am teaching my third class. Two sections on Intro to RJ and one section of Advanced. It began with a request to teach, and teach using Circle process. Honestly, my initial inner motivation was to be in Circle with the same group of people for 16 weeks in a row. Outward motivation: it was on my ‘when I grow up list’. Early on in college I felt a few professors were ‘making a difference’. I would sometimes day dream in class, and I was thinking about how I would teach.
Like becoming a professor – blogging has also taught me this about myself: I have a lot to say. I have a lot to say about Restorative Justice. Recently ran into a Zig Ziglar quote (thanks to someone on twitter). I remember it like this: people won’t give a damn about how much you know, unless they know how much you care. Think about that one again and again.
Writing this blog is a way to show I care. Another thing I do is really help anyone who asks. Yesterday I replied to an email and listed off two potential DVD’s offered to get one in the mail and then provided 2 or 3 you tube links. When a caller from East Coast contacted me with questions, I forwarded a power point and a packet full of resources later that day. (side note, do I really have to wonder about how come my book isn’t written?)
The value of generosity is important to me. I read about it in a book about Lakota people. If anyone admires anything (of yours) you should give it to them, they need it more than you do. It also taught me a lesson, when I teased about how much I liked someones necklace, she took it off and gave it to me. It was an amazing act of friendship that I will never forget. I paid it forward and gave away a necklace the very next day. Something I wore every once in awhile became a cherished gift to someone else.
Back to the post (which by the way I’ve stopped and changed the title twice). Sometimes I just need to blog or write awhile to figure out where I am going! I keep an eye on my word count because I try to average 400. I know you’re busy – and a few minute lesson on RJ is my goal for each entry. Sigh . . .
So the lessons in this post . . . follow your heart, care deeply, share fully.
My heart led me to teaching and blogging, it was a deep caring about restorative justice. I am fortunate enough to make my living by being a full time director and that blessing is what I share fully.