‘Teach the People’ ~ quote challenge

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. – Confucius

Some years ago when I began blogging on WordPress, I was in awe of the creative, the witty, the informative, the insightful posts by writers the world over. I was challenged by my son to extend my writing, to set up a blog, to expand my garden diary scribblings. Never did I think scratching and grubbing in my garden dirt would germinate words of reflection, thoughts about life lived as I know it. My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, where I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I do put them on a gate or fence post so they are easily found. It is not as if I drop them in the long grass. Truth is, I need two hands to attend to a garden task. There is always a weed to pull, an insect to watch, a tree to hug, a tomato to taste, beans to pick, a flower to enjoy.

At least it is my words that are being posted these days. Since writing those earlier posts, I feel a certain sense of amazement how my blogging horizon is expanding.  Writing is an art and like my garden plants that grow in happy companionships,  choices of words craft ideas that grow the writer’s voice.  WordPress bloggers are wonderful writers, inspiring to read, witty, sharing, encouraging, causing pause for thought. Learning is ongoing.

And, there is much to learn. My grandsons feature in some posts. As we work and talk, generational garden lore and cooking knowledge is passed on. In a previous life, my framed qualifications show the world I was a secondary school English teacher. A four-walled classroom and a whiteboard is an artificial construct. When thirty or so teenagers with diverse learning needs filled the space, the more I listened, the more I observed my students, the more I learned. They had stories to tell, to write of things that interested them. Shakespeare and poetry had to be made relevant to their lives. Luckily for me we embarked on journeys of discovery and learned together. By the time I left education nearly thirty years later, I felt I might just know a few things about effective teaching practice. From experience comes the lesson.

Thank you Carol  for nominating me for a three-day quote challenge. Please check out Carol’s Food For Thought post at  https://cookingforthetimechallenged.wordpress.com

In the fun spirit of voluntary participation of the challenge, nominees may choose to

  • Post for three consecutive days
  • Posts can be one or three quotes per day
  • Nominate three different blogs per day

 Please check out my nominees’ wonderful blogs:

Ruth’s Reflections 

NavasolaNature

Chef in Disguise  

6 thoughts on “‘Teach the People’ ~ quote challenge

  1. Beautiful.I’m in awe of everyone who can write so beautifully, can express themselves so nicely. I’m learning form you all. Thanks to you that I found your lovely blog.

    1. Thank you very much, Indira. Words come from a deep core and somehow appear in the post. Part of me wants to be less wordy, to simplify and yet be more poetical which is complex as it is simple in expression.

  2. Thanks for nominating me and how similar we are? I spent 33 years in a classroom teaching English in the UK and loved it when my students could be free to express their lives and discover the creative process through writing. My venture now at Navasola is to discover more about being in the natural world. And I think my Himself often wonders what I’m up to! Will try the quotes later this week as am trying to edit my story and procrastinating !

    1. Interesting comment, navosolanature. It was both a great responsibility and privilege to teach youngsters. Like you the natural world has a strong appeal for me. The more I observe, the more I feel I should write – that makes it sound easier than the process really is.

      1. Agree, today I am struggling with my story and I need to have some real facts about the creatures I’m writing about. It’s keeps me busy! I miss the youngsters but not the mis management!

  3. That’s the interesting bit about writing, the research, verifying the facts and then there’s the side trips of discovery particularly when doing family history.

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