An Apple of Appreciation for the Teacher
Part of the anticipation of the arrival of autumn is the connections to teachers and the promises of what the new school year will bring. I think all of us can remember the excitement and/or the dread that certain teachers conjured up in our minds as the seasons changed.
Now days I do not spend so much time in the hallowed halls of educational institutions, and yet I am still looking for teachers, coaches and trainers to develop my thinking and keep me growing wiser.
“When the student is ready the teacher will come.”
As I started my blog, I had no idea how much I would need a teacher or how much I would need to learn. I begged my college friends, exercise crew, and children to write on my blog and make comments. Please! Please! Pretty Please……and then the teacher came:
“In a world so filled with depression, frustration, aimlessness, and inability to reach beyond… it is more than just refreshing to find a place on the web of beauty, hope and love. It is NECESSARY FOR LIFE. Inspiration is not luxury; it is a source of being truly alive and able to generate life in others. Thanks Patricia!”
I did not know about comment luv and had to race around and find this mystery Barbara….it was not my sister-in-law, nor my prayer partner, or one of several poets in my circle of friends. IT Girl had to sort out where this Barbara arrived from.
WOW here was the Mother Lode of information: Blogging Without a Blog. All the lessons neat, concise and very easy to follow; I knew I had found a connection and a teacher. I was wading through PROBLOGGERs book and Zen Habits at the time and I began noticing this Barbara commenting on several blogs I was frequenting.
Barbara Swafford was like a beam of attention focused on what I was doing. Her replies to comments were always affirming and focused on each individual. Over the past several years, I have boldly asked for specific lessons on subjects that I just did not understand and the lessons arrived with new variations and ideas expressed – clearly.
I have wandered through Blogging Without A Blog archives almost weekly.
Then one day, Patricia’s Wisdom was highlighted by Barbara at Blogging Without a Blog – Over 500 visitors dropped by to check out my blog in one morning – I was blessed as were the New Blog of the Week recipients who became the BLOG REGISTRY.
Then came the Blog Boutique and Barbara’s lovely designs, Observation Mountain and she assisted in the development of my Harvest Potluck ebook, and her blog about recycling gave me a referral point to direct others.
Barbara loves blogging as evidenced on her summer posts about building a computer desk for her treadmill and keeping fit. A new blog idea is forming in her mind……..
This is my NOTE of appreciation for a wonderful teacher: Barbara Swafford. Thank you for all you do, even for the reminder emails behind the scenes! This blogging community – class certainly owes you a great deal for your knowledge, energy, ideas, and support. I thank you and hope that blogging remains something that you love to do for a long time to come.
Thank you Barbara!
Happy First Day of Autumn!
Let’s talk about Barbara in the comments section! A good story to tell? A lesson learned? An example of her teacher spirit?