YourOpenBook.org - Dance in the Rain

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Following a recent Will Richardson blog entry's advice to see what is posted on Facebook, I tried typing in two words at YourOpenBook.org. Here are Will's instructions:
For you adults in the room, here’s an experiment. Go to Openbook, a new site that searches through all public accounts at Facebook, and enter your favorite bad word of the day. Be prepared…not only for some pretty vile stuff, but from much of it being posted by kids.
I followed Will's instructions in the first word I searched on but then decided to do something different. The second word was "love" and I found the results curious. Amidst the many posts, I found these fairly quickly:

O GOD,the source of all health,so fill my heart with faith in your Love,that with calm expectancy.I may make room for your power to possess me and gracefully accept your Healing,through JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!! AMEN..
God's whisper: Dear Child, I have sent (and will continue to send) people into your life who will make you discover the gold within you. They will see things in you that you yourself cannot see. They will make you grow. Love, God PS. These people are one of your greatest blessings. Appreciate them.
whenever we have failed to be loving, we have also failed to be wise, whenever we have been blind to our neighbors' interests, we have also been blind to our own interest, whenever we have hurt others, we also hurt ourselves even more. Let us ask God for forgiveness for all acts of malice and unlovingness, blindness and hardness of heart and pray for the spirit of true love, which alone is true wisdom....
Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile...
I love how when you release something to God in begins to fall into place a whole lot better...Thank You Lord For Another Day!!!
Fascinating, huh? For these folks sharing these perspectives, they have found a platform for sharing their inspiration. (My personal favorite is the one that starts out "Whenever we have....")

For fun, my third word to search on was "hope" and this is some of what came up:

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power or the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,they will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31
Our 40th anniversary is Sunday, can't believe so many years have passed. There have been good times and bad, sickness but lots of good health, trials and tribulations, laughter and tears. A good man is hard to find but I've got one and wouldn't trade him for anything. I hope for many more years with him. Love and blessings from God have helped us through it all.
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy!
its a good thing to live in hope, to keep on dreaming, and not to curl and just die for lack of trying isnt it!, to have aspirations , if we dont have any of these , then we have nothing!
Life is complicated. No book or manual can ever guarantee you a successful life. You live & learn, make the best decision possible and hope for the best.
hope faith and love but the greatest of them all is love
What a neat source of inspiration from people out there using Facebook. What if the search term had been "learn" or something else that people would find inspiration in?

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn... and change. 
Life isn't about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain, I was sent this from a friend and had to share this beautful story, We can all learn from this.
Dance in the Rain...how do we teach that perspective to our students?!? Perhaps one way to do it is to help people find enjoyment in what they are doing. It's easy to get caught up in the deadly seriousness of the work we are doing--as educators, at home, wherever/whatever--that we can forget what William Zinsser points out below:

The one that I wrote down was by the American painter Robert Henri: “You should paint like a man coming over the top of the hill singing.”

Amen. That’s also how you should write, sing, dance, draw, sculpt, act, play an instrument, take a photograph, design a building, live a life. I often think I’m the only teacher who talks about enjoyment as a crucial ingredient in writing...When I write I make a conscious effort to generate a sense of enjoyment... I also try to convey the idea that I was feeling great when I did my writing–which I almost never was; writing well is hard work. 
Read the rest of A Joyful Noise



As teachers, how are we dancing in the rain, teaching and learning like we enjoy what we are doing, even when the work is hard?

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