One Day Last Week
On one of the first days of the week my colleague and I were trying to figure out how to get our students interested in their future. After several starts we finally determined that in order to get them to appropriately value the future, we would need a past; and in order to obtain a past we would need a relationship. That relationship could then be used in the present—and only in that present—to build (teach) toward the future
Residents of the Past
How many things reside in one’s past? How many things are packed into two people’s past? How many good components make up the lives of our teachers, parents, and friends? If there is only one good thing, just one good, lively thought in a relationship, then today can become a new conversation. And it is the keeping close of that new conversation that could make future a desirable place to wisely go into.
One’s past and one’s relationship are never separated. So that, even after several decades apart, two can come close again and make future; even a very small, short past with so tiny a weak ember, or even a quick third degree flame can be used to rebuild a connection, and vibrate anew the relationship.
We even experience relationship with only our self. We are always talking off the walls in our skull housing, whether it is making promises to ourselves or shouting down and calling ourselves ‘idioto’. The things that majorly form this kind of relationship are the true conversations of our soul. So, then, if there are words involved, then there exists some kind of relationship. Words announced aloud, form external relationships.
The Wynn Conversation
Michael Wynn visited our school and spoke to our staff. One of the gifts in words that he proffered in his presentation was on this order: if we want more of our students to think college boundedly, we might think toward changing our conversations with them. Somehow this small insight was hint enough to our teaching staff. His message now resonates with us, and we keep concluding ideas such as: only in the present can we change the conversation, and if we include a past, we can build (teach) new conversations which the students can use in their own future minds.
We don’t stand before our students tongue-clicking about the variety of things in our curriculum, without developing some shape of a relationship. No matter what dimensions the relationship has, two can build toward their future. It is our desire as educators to have impact on our students. We live to inspire the variety of mind waiting before us, and the few which may accept that inspiration—‘or even the one.’
The Blue Present
Only in the present can we build with the things from the past. These commodities (things) become the futures indeed, but nothing else can be used: we cannot grasp things not yet present, and bodily block them on top of one another as we play with them. If we are living in the trauma, loss, or a what-if of the past, such that the day is sad, morbid, or even chaotic, then we are obviously living in the past. If we are stopped in any major way by that past, then we are not moving into the future, not deciding to go there joyfully. Perhaps this is one reason some students become disinterested in their own future: the only thing they are ever going to be in control of as far as the choices made. If the past stops or deforms the will, then one does not have a past, a past has them.
So why not use the goods from a student’s past—especially those goods we personally know all of the details of, because they came into existence during our relationship? Whether privately within one’s self, or publicly toward another student, the details from the past can always be invested in one’s future, with exceptional return.
The Pride Moments of a Child
Most students, to be sure, would enjoy advancing while in the care and attention of a relative. Using moments from the past, gains us a new knowledge of future. Good relationships always foster acquisition of hidden nuances, and needed clarity—and to reform one of my old maxims: The more details you know, the more jobs you can find in the future. The more word-formed relationships one has, the more environmental safety one can see in the future. It’s like the young child building with their blocks, and after exploring for a while they say very quickly to their elders, ‘look what I built.’ Proud moments of a child happen just that easily, even at the High School level. Thus, the more words held in common in the relationship, the more comfortable the block builders will feel.
This process is exactly the same concept as that of adding a dimension: taking something we know that is good in a student’s life and building on it; making it broader, and doubly intensifying it at the same time. This adding of dimensions is one of the best parts of a relationship, and one of the most enjoyable reasons for having one.
(-ship, means shape, Webster and the Greeks.)
The baskets of fish and bread…In this miracle we see clearly what happens when one adds a dimension. Here we see something known being received and then folded a few thousand times so that it eventually fed the many—and the one small person who shared it. It is my belief that the disciples did not snatch the child’s lunch from him by force. After spying, perhaps bug-eyed, at over 1,000 miracles, by the end of the day the boy had to be in a relationship with the Master, and when the disciples explained that the Master had need of his lunch, it was freely given.
Even after many years, I am still in awe of the exponential redoubling of that known which fed all of those hurting people. They received great and grave blessings all that day by the savior’s healing, and had stayed around after being healed because they didn’t want to miss any moment of this kind of relationship. Even the boy had forgotten to eat his lunch. This crowd of thousands was beginning to see—and also as we should begin to see—that here in his presence was something of abundance, something free and boundless that he had come to add to their impoverished, dark habitat. And that they might have it more abundantly. His healing words had formed a relationship, and with that relationship he obtained a past. That was the day in which he formed new words inside of them, and sparks of interest then up-roared in their minds about their future.
(AT3 - Addendum of The Three)