A life of meaning – do what you love

One of the things I love doing is working with students on learning and life development.

Wait, let me re-phrase that – there is always another way to do something and if we are open to it the chance of learning moments can change us and those around us for the better.

I get to work on projects that make a difference and I try to work on what I love doing and to get paid for that as well. To get paid you also need skills but motivation can drive that along.

alan-watts-vidMy daughter has started a new school and we were talking about her new teacher. Turns out her teacher is a maths specialist and so was her teacher last year. However already Miss 11 has noticed that the way the new teacher does certain equations is different to what she has learned.

That turned into a conversation about alternative ways to solve math problems and a project for her to see if solving equations in a different way might be something useful.

I know whatever the result of that project is that Miss 11 is asking the right questions and gaining new skills by looking (at the math problem) in a different way. You see Miss 11 loves math but she is also getting new skills to hone that talent and that is where insights come from.

I had a birthday this week and that is a good time for reflection on most levels. As it happened a friend passed on a link to a video narrated by Alan Watts titled “What if money was no object?”

Here it is below. Alan Watts was an English philosopher who died in 1973 but left behind many books and audio recordings and someone compiled this one.

I sometimes think that while the “do what you love” meme is great it needs a part 2 and that is get some skills based around that topic, mission, vocation or big idea – whatever it is.

Here is a slideshow from Cory Miller who works in the software to get paid for doing what he loves and he answers some of the part 2 of the big question.

For more background on the Cory Miller slides check out this blog post. I especially like the point on slide 17.

“Find the teachers who are learners”