Comfy chair. Feet up. $5 pizza
“Comfy chair. Feet up. $5 pizza.” What a great way to spend my birthday.
Today was the second day of the semester and I met three classes for the first time. It was a good day, but I knew that I would leave campus exhausted. I never sleep well the day before classes begin and even though I have been teaching for a while, I am always nervous the first day of class.
My neighbor thought it was sad that I would “have” to spend my birthday alone. But when I told a colleague( who also met students for the first time today) of my plans, she thought it was a delightful idea.
I told him that were I in a seminar that I could discuss my teaching in terms of Dr. King. However, the real answer is that I do not use Dr. King’s legacy as a foundation principle for my approach to teaching. Instead, I would discuss my approach in terms of the Brahma Viharas: compassion, sympathetic joy, loving kindness, and equanimity.
While my approach is consistent with Dr. King’s message, I am not trying to be a mini-Dr. King. Nor and I advocating that students should become mini-Kings. But, we can learn from Dr. King and can use his words and examples to clarify our own thinking.