Work and words

It was exactly two years ago that Axel introduced his students at SOLA to the power of a vision and the importance of being able to write with power. He did that by comparing Martin Luther King’s speech with that of Karzai’s. The latter was a sorry speech, with no power and no vision. Two years later we can’t even be disappointed – the speech had already predicted that nothing great would come from him.

That was also a period where Axel returned to his teaching roots and realized that teaching is his calling. I had known this all along but the wishes of others sometimes obscure our calling. Luckily it is never too late to respond to the call once we hear it. Axel is researching where to register to get a certificate in teaching English as a second language.

Yesterday I biked to Quaker meeting in bitter cold weather under sunny skies. It’s hard work to bike in the cold but I wouldn’t give it up except for a snow storm. We sat in mostly silence which was even more work than biking. I keep telling myself that I have to take a meditation class, and a yoga class, and this, and that, but nothing comes of it. I have my travels as an excuse but they are not. I feel a bit in limbo.

Ted came by to introduce us to S from Afghanistan. Another remarkable young woman who is studying for her MPH and needs connections I have. She needs an internship to get more hands on experience in maternal and child health, preferably in Kabul before she completes her course work. So that will be the task for today, a holiday to celebrate MLK’s work and words.

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