Friday, August 4, 2017

Beauty and Freedom

My subject is:
A quote from one of my all time favorite books, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, says: "Iqbal, that great poet, was so right. The moment you recognize what is beautiful in this world, you stop being a slave. To hell with the Naxals and their guns shipped from China. If you taught every poor boy how to paint, that would be the end of the rich in India.”
Do you agree? Why or why not?

To say I am intimidated by this subject would be an understatement. I don't want to butcher someone's favorite book and I worried that I would do just that with my interpretation of the above quote. I'm going to give it a shot though.

I agree with the quote and here's why; beauty is simplistic and simplicity is what we need in this stressed out world. When you spend your time worrying over every little detail, when you become a slave to life, a piece of you dies every single second. It's a heartbreaking truth, but a truth nonetheless. 

It isn't until we start seeing through the haze of bullshit and start looking for the beauty in our plight that we are really free. Freedom doesn't come with money or anything like that. It comes with being able to see the beauty in a sunset or being brought to tears by the colors of a field of flowers. It's hearing a song that inspires you. 

Recognizing what is beautiful in this world is easy, you just have to be open to it. 

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 11 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. My subject is above and it was submitted by the lovely Jenniy from Climaxed. I hope I didn't butcher this!!!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Teaching Can Make An Impact

So, we all know that the OTHER Sarah Michelle is a famous actress and all that, right?
What you probably DIDN'T know is that, in high school, I was in drama and fancied myself an actress as well. 
Whitley County High School Drama Class 2000-2001
I really nailed the part of ditzy Fiona in the murder mystery place "Murders in the Heir". 

It has been almost 17 years since I was in drama (DDAAMMNN!!!), but I remember it like it was yesterday. I made a lot of great memories being in that class and a lot of the reason why is because of my teacher, a man by the name of David Sweet. 

My senior year, I took drama and Colonel Creations, which was a writing class. Both were taught by Mr. Sweet. I LOVED both classes because I learned so much and because Mr. Sweet made it fun. He made it memorable. Many of my teachers were just cranky old folk who seemed to hate their jobs. 
Mr. Sweet wasn't like that. Did he have his bad days? Sure...he was dealing with a bunch of jerky high school kids. But those days were few and that was awesome. Mr. Sweet loved what he did, something that was evident every day. He enjoyed teaching us know-it-all teenagers and seemed to forgive the fact that some times, we were just undeserving of his good mood. 
Mr. Sweet was down for pretty much whatever, which was really an awesome trait. He was always ready for a conversation with a movie quote or 5 up his sleeve. I remember one time, he was trying to get our rowdy group to quiet down and he said something along the lines of "If Donna Summer was listed in the phone book, how would it read? Summer, Donna....." only the way he said it, it sounded like simmer down. This is something I find myself using with my kids all the time. 
I've always loved writing but Mr. Sweet just strengthened that love with his Colonel Creations class. He was the perfect critic and our biggest cheerleader. I still have the children's book he had us write, though it is still missing a page. He never thought our dreams were too big and he always encouraged us to reach for them.

As a woman in her *mumbles incoherently*, I am friends with Mr. Sweet on Facebook. He keeps up with most of his students, past and present. This is something that I really respect about him. While he has 2 biological kids, he has hundreds of adopted kids. 

The fact that Mr. Sweet is who he is is why he is my favorite teacher. He left a lasting impact on me that is positive and that I hope my own kids will get to encounter at some point. His modesty doesn't allow him to really grasp the full impact he leaves on his students, but he changes lives in the most positive of ways. The day he leaves the teaching world will be a sad one, because there will never be another David Sweet.

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.
My subject was "Tell us about your favorite teacher. What makes them so memorable?" and it was submitted by the lovely Rabia from The Lieber Family Blog. Thanks for the prompt!
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