Category Archives: What I learned from MOOCs

Catching up is an illusion…or a delusion.

Saturday’s Lesson

It’s Saturday  morning; well, if you consider 11 am morning. It’s a rare and indulgent opportunity for me to do so, but much-needed after several days of recovering from Octsnowberfest and a nasty virus to boot. There are kids and cats crashed out everywhere and the house is quiet except for the steady fan noise from the pellet stove and my bursts of typing. I have been feeling incredibly overwhelmed lately. My decision to up the ante to full-time status and sign up for #CMC11 and #change11 amidst the rest of a full life and a natural curiosity may not have been my best. Then again, maybe it was…

My inbox has been a real whirlwind since I signed up for #change11 and #CMC11. Then brainysmurf inspired me with a post on keeping up with your inbox and staying organized. As I read through the dailies this morning on #CMC11 and #change11, the phrase “catching up” becomes much larger than the rest in the word cloud forming in my brain. Everybody’s catching up; it almost looks like the “in thing” to do. Why? Why are we catching up? Why do we feel this pressure to do everything? Is it a responsibility to ourselves? Is it a responsibility to others?

Set Yourself FREE!!

Here’s a brave thought. Maybe we’re not catching up. Maybe there is no such thing. Maybe we are right here – at this very moment – doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing and when we are supposed to be doing it. Maybe that is the greatest lesson of all. So, why carry the guilt? Why feel like we owe the world an explanation? Why apologize? When did life become a competition? What does that accomplish? Where would we be if we could just let ourselves be free and open to the experience of the moment – take a picture with our mind of everything seen and felt in a split second and cherish the honesty of it…

What if we turned our confinement into freedom, our chaos into calm, our responsibility into creativity, our guilt into gratitude. Imagine the world we might create then…

This post is for me and for Carol Y. and for my fellow MOOCers…even the silent ones. I know you’re listening and learning. Thank you…