(1 min read) My first thoughts today were: every moment is now. We can. I am. Happy Friday!
I am one of those people who wake up feeling like that, and today was no exception.
(that’s my morning view. my photo cc licensed here)
Bursting with exuberance hits the spot nicely, so it’s a good time to reflect on yesterday’s Daily Connect.
What has connected courses meant for me?
connection, giving rise to a voice, reason to thoughts, tangible outcomes.
I still can’t get my head around that everyone doesn’t run a class online.My MUS654 open music course (all the sessions are on the tab on the menu bar, latest page here) has two weeks to run in this, its first iteration. I initially thought that connected courses was a gathering point for people who already did that, to form a community of people who did that, to build practice. So in the beginning when I signed up and there was a question on the form – are you a participant or facilitator? I thought, that’s odd… certainly they know the people who are on that staff page – they must mean who runs a course or who has only taken a course- so I ticked facilitator.
…aren’t I naïve! – well I guess it was partly right as I worked closely with Jonathan on his trust content here, and he couldn’t mention that until afterwards.
I remember that moment of signing up, and it was a bit like crossing a threshold.
I had done it. Committed to something. Declared I would take a risk, and through it I have met and interacted with some of the most inspiring thinking, educating, sharing people I have ever come across. It has taken me out of my daily existence and given me sight of others – glimpses into practice, flickers of personalities, and a host of ideas. Everyday can drag you down, not in a depressing way, but into detail, into minutiae, and connected courses has reminded me that all this time I have wings to stop that ‘can’t see the forest for the trees’ feeling and fly above and look at the forest and even see the ocean or the desert if I want to.
So if it is about forming connections, then it has succeeded already. I value the connections. I value the encouragement. I value that I have risked connecting to others and I sincerely value that they have reached back. My mind sparkles a bit like the dance of a highly carbonated drink freshly poured in a glass or spring rain dancing on the pavement when I think what might come out of all these new connections. (photo cc licensed by me here)
If you haven’t joined the Connected Courses bus yet, there is room and your stop is on the map. You can bring a friend, and the ride is free, and as long as you are willing, you are guaranteed to learn.