This Unschooling Truth
I could mess my kids up and make them unhappy and keep them from having access to things,
but I cannot make them learn. I can’t make them mature.
I can give them opportunities and room to grow,
and food and water and a comfortable bed.
And this empowerment
You have to make your own world
Instead of succumbing to the one that presses on you
You have to turn the tables on what appears to be fate
On the full weight of society
Against the greatest odds
You have to keep your wits about you
And refuse to surrender to anyone or anything less than
You have to be faithful to the mystery taking place in your heart
Rather than to any idea or system that would try
With the best of motives
To dis-empower you
And make you theirs.
(From Dark Night of the Soul by Thomas Moore)
via Ronna Detrick — many thanks for posting it again.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
via Roots of She
This art project
and this reminder that love will win.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
and as always, the one who inspires us to share the things that are inspiring us, Tara