SOAPBOX of the week: fire it up!

   “Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.”   – William Butler Yeats, poet & Nobel Prize Winner

As little kids, that wobbly bowling ball atop our growing bodies encased a veritable sponge.  Seemingly never saturated, it sought to absorb all the info it could…so sneakers could be tied, sentences could be formed, and its “host” could participate in the game of life.  As authority figures of all types and titles traipsed into our paths, learning became a mandatory, monitored (and perhaps once-perceived endless) assignment.  Our noggins burgeoned into buckets and our teen-sized personalities flip-flopped from over-filling to rebellious dumping, well into our twenties.  And now adulthood has empowered us to choose what happens inside the real estate between our ears.  Decades of data and discipline have not only hard-wired us to handle future tides of translating, but teaching, too.  Educating yourself is an experience as magnificent and multidimensional as you want to make it.  And when the mind, body and spirit are engaged and enlightened in concert, an ignition sequence sparks a fire that has the potential to light a population’s imagination.  Trust that you are both the kindling and the bonfire and seek to strike a match for lifetimes of learning.

Copyright 2000-2010 by Kimberlie Dykeman.

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