Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I got to work with an amazing dancer yesterday.
She is a Teaching Artist and did some movement activities designed to build community at a retreat for my teaching artists.
She was fabulous!
(And my T.A.s are fabulous - I'm so privileged to be able to work with them!)

After she did her mini-workshop, we sat down to de-construct what she did, and why things worked. In the process of responding to our observations, this dancer said something that really resonated with me, "I am more interested in the the potential of the person in front of me, than I am in anything that I know or need to tell them."

I love it! That attitude is such the opposite of everything that hapens in our schools, churches, seminars, and conferences. If every teacher, manager, preacher, facilatator, coach, and person was really truly more interested in the possibility of a person and what they already had/were (instead of what we can teach/tell/give them) - - - WOW!

By the way, the day was truly wonderful.
I was feeling very blah and physically miserable (and the day had the opportunity to erode into a day long bitch fest - but that didn't happen!) It was magical!