Today = tomorrow = your whole life

Published by Lori Pickert on November 5, 2011 at 01:12 PM

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.  — Henry David Thoreau

Because how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. — Annie Dillard

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Comment by Dawn Suzette on November 7, 2011 at 10:57 AM

I see this with the kids so often... how many times have we checked out that book? We have "studied" the Titanic four times. Each time we come back to it something new is absorbed. I am sure we will visit it again soon as Dylan is now having more questions about it... after the last round of reading and research has had some time to *sink* in...
I can say the same for so many topics. Such a wonderful way to learn!

The idea that today is tomorrow is so simple yet profound. Thanks for the reminder!

Comment by Deirdre on November 7, 2011 at 04:27 PM

I was just talking about that very Annie Dillard quote yesterday. I'm already looking at 2011 in hindsight, setting goals for 2012, and felt a bit defeated that so many of them were carry-overs.

I thought I would accomplish so much this fall. With two kid-free hours 3x a week for the first time in 9 yrs, I thought I'd finally get that daily writing & running habit down, our house organized and have so much more to give when the boys were home.

Now I know I have to protect those hours vehemently and be willing to go over the same path again and again, and not fear that there isn't progress in the repetition.

Your post also brought to mind this favorite from Lucy Grealy:
“I used to think truth was eternal, that once I knew, once I saw, it would be with me forever, a constant by which everything else could be measured. I know now that this isn’t so, that most truths are inherently unretainable, that we have to work hard all our lives to remember the most basic things.”

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 7, 2011 at 09:39 PM

thank you, dawn!

it's so good that you are comfortable with them coming back again and again to study the same book/ideas — some teachers struggle with that. they feel like it's easier to show progress if you *move on*. but of course, coming back with the ability to understand more and layer on more knowledge — that's key for learning and for authentic knowledge/understanding.

hello deirdre. :)

i swear i hadn't read your comment when i wrote the above to dawn!!!!! crazy. you ARE progressing during repetition, because you keep bringing more to the table and taking more away. :)

love the quote — "we have to work hard all our lives to remember the most basic things" — we really do have to make it our priority to keep recommitting to those things every single day.

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