It must be your life

Published by Lori Pickert on March 23, 2009 at 02:01 PM

You must live in your school. Your house and land you live on must be the school. You are always the teacher and always the student. You must do everything possible to educate yourself about life, the world, yourself, and most importantly, the connections between everything. You must have many people visit the school, and much solitude and silence to reflect on things. You must start this school now. It must be your life. — James Neill, 30 June, 2001

 

Found on the Thriving Too blog, one of my new favorites.

18 comments

Comment by Kristi on March 23, 2009 at 02:14 PM

That is a great quote! It's going to be posted at our home as a reminder. Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Meme on March 23, 2009 at 02:44 PM

What a timely post. And it is so neat to see where our "school" will take us. My husband and son started reading a devotional each night at the beginning of the year called "Battlefields and Blessings" by Jane Hampton Cook. That sparked a curiosity in the mini-series John Adams, which then sparked research into his life with Abigail Adams and their incredible lives. Then on to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Lewis and Clark. It has been a fascinating journey. Our 8 year old son said he never knew history could be so exciting. Honestly, I didn't know that either. But instead of following a set "cirriculum", we have allowed our hearts to lead, and we are learning so much a long the way.

Comment by Lori Pickert on March 23, 2009 at 02:46 PM

kristi, thank you! i printed it out & posted it on my bulletin board. :^)

meme, thank you for sharing — it’s a wonderful way to learn!

Comment by Sandy on March 23, 2009 at 04:38 PM

I love this! Thank you for posting.

Comment by Dawn on March 23, 2009 at 04:54 PM

I read this quote three times... thought... read it again... and again!

...the connections between everything... visitors and solitude.

Connections and blance. Life is school. Your body is the ultimate portable classroom. So simple yet so profound.

Thank you!

Comment by Eren on March 23, 2009 at 06:06 PM

Yep, me too...printed it out as soon as I read the first line. This is great!

Comment by Deirdre on March 23, 2009 at 07:37 PM

ooh, that's a keeper. Thank you for sharing it.

Google reader is freaking out my computer lately (it's dying a slow death)...so I'm in withdrawl from blog reading. Hope to catch up with all the treasures here!

Comment by melissa s. on March 24, 2009 at 12:05 AM

I love this quote, so eloquent. It's destined for my inspiration board!

Comment by gonzomama on March 24, 2009 at 12:58 AM

love the quote!

Comment by Skye on March 24, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Once again so timely. Thats one I'll be fixing to my pin board. Lori, where do you find all these great quotes? I'd love to see your bookshelves you wouldn't get rid of me I'm sure.
Blessings.

Comment by kosenrufu mama on March 24, 2009 at 01:42 PM

thank you, thank you for sharing!!!

Comment by Lori Pickert on March 24, 2009 at 02:19 PM

so glad you all loved the quote! it’s good to share those words that lift us up.

have a wonderful week!

Comment by Kat on March 26, 2009 at 02:15 AM

What a wonderful quote! So simply powerfully true.

On another topic: won't you share a picture (or two) of your art supply with us, Lori! It'll give me personally such sweet dreams!

Comment by Lori Pickert on March 26, 2009 at 03:21 AM

kat, thank you! i love this quote.

re: sharing pictures of my art supplies .. ooh .. that’s like .. asking an alcoholic to share photos of his liquor cabinet .. cabinets. closets. whatever. let’s move on.

;^)

Comment by Kat on March 26, 2009 at 12:18 PM

"asking an alcoholic to share photos of his liquor cabinet". Yes! Yes exactly!

Comment by Lori Pickert on March 26, 2009 at 01:16 PM

my name is lori and i am an art supply addict...

Comment by Kat on March 27, 2009 at 05:59 PM

All: Hi Lori!

Comment by Lori Pickert on March 27, 2009 at 06:10 PM

hee

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