My mantra for this year—”Work is love made visible”

I was messing around online, reading a few of my favorite websites on my Feedly 1 feeds, when I stumbled upon this beautiful comic via one of the coolest sites out there, ZenPencils. It’s a bit of a longer read, based off of a poem by Khalil Gibran, but well worth it:

Khalil Gibran's "Work is Love Made Visible", via ZenPencils

I’m on the tail end of a “vacation” 2, so my mind is really turning back towards what’s happening at home and, soon, starting school back up. When I saw this comic, I absolutely loved the point Gibran was making, and how even though being a teacher can be grueling, occasionally thankless work, it is absolutely my love letter to my students. I would love to have this image up in my office, staring down at me for those days when I just want to quit.

Notes:

  1. RIP Google Reader.
  2. Visiting two sets of grandparents on the other side of the country has been a lot more fun than I expected, but I can’t help but think of all the work I have piling up on my desk at home in the last week of “real” summer before two weeks of pre-school teacher meetings. Yuck.
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8 thoughts on “My mantra for this year—”Work is love made visible”

  1. Kelly Kenney says:

    What a great visual. Good luck with preparing for back to school.

  2. That’s a powerful post Chris. What an effective image and a great reminder to all of us. I will pull this out when I’m having a bad day as not to “poison” those around me.

  3. Great post Chris. I’m officially back to work on Thursday. It’s always hard to bring summer to an end with the amount of work that goes with teaching. But its always great to be back doing what we do best with a new class of students! Good luck getting back into it!

    • Chris says:

      I’m in meetings starting today, and I’m having to recheck this just now to remind myself why I’m not enjoying the last few weeks of summer joy 🙂

  4. Wow – a “love letter to your students” – I LOVE it! Very cool post; I really, really enjoyed this.

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