Lately my mind has been inexplicably drawn to two very important women in my life. I have seen neither of these women in thirty years, yet their influence remains. Miss Foley and Mrs. Anderson both taught at Linden Avenue Elementary School. I can still see their faces, hear their voices, and if I am really quiet, I can smell Miss Foley's perfume and hear sounds of Mrs. Anderson's second grade classroom from perspective of coatroom.
Miss Foley taught me to read. Mrs. Anderson taught me to learn from what I was reading.
These two women brought about an awakening in my life. They guided me from illiteracy to artistry. It was in second grade I discovered expression through haiku and creative writing, spinning tales regularly for myself and anyone else who I perceived was interested. Influential partners and teachers in our lives are Transformers. Revolutionaries. Together, they have power to change humanity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge. The wise instructor accomplishes this by opening to his pupils precisely attractions study has for himself."
Lately I have been awakened through personal study of Renaissance period in history.
Renaissance. Merriam Webster tell us it can mean a specific period of time in Human history following Middle Ages or it can point towards a period of revival or renewal. Finally, it can be a personal experience of an expansion in artistic and intellectual activity.
When an old year becomes history and we are given a fresh new calendar, suddenly possibilities glisten and glean before our eyes. We stand taller, we make new commitments. We sometimes stand courageous where before we would stand in place of fear.
All because we turn page of a calendar from one year to next.
A couple years ago there was quite a period of unsettle as people concerned themselves with year 2000. All that negative, nervous energy was for naught. Worldwide, humanity collaborated to make a smooth transition from one millenium to next.
You can make a smooth transition, today, to stand tall and courageous in Your New Renaissance.
My theme for year 2002 is "My New Renaissance: Honoring All of Me."
Even writing that brings a smile to my face. A Re-birth. A time to love each aspect of myself be it terrific, so-so or things I-am-not-so- proud-to- admit. The word "honor" reflects my willingness to respect myself as I respect others in my life. In honoring myself, my commitment to honoring others is rooted even more deeply and authentically.