Saturday, January 15, 2011

On Teaching

I came across these words by Lao Tzu in the book "The Enlightened Heart". This captures what I hope to be as a teacher.

Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has roots that go deep.

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.

~Lao Tzu

Thursday, January 6, 2011

House For ....


Here's the deal - I have a house in San Antonio.  When I left San Antonio to go to the Clinton School I put the house on the market.  I was hoping to sell it to help pay for school.  You may have noticed that the housing market isn't so good for sellers these days.
I bemoaned the current economic situation and its detrimental impact on the sale of my house many times.  It's felt like a huge financial anchor weighing me down.  On my most recent trip back to San Antonio for the holidays I decided to stop worrying about selling it.
It's a "fixer-upper" for lack of a better term.  I put some work into making it rentable.  I might as well make a little money while it's sitting on the market, I thought.
Then I had another thought, What good could I do with this house?  Is there some way to not just make it less of a burden, but to use it to help others?

Here's where you come in.  I need ideas and help answering those questions.  I need suggestions for question: What's the most good I could do with my house?

This is the only example I've come up with so far.  Imagine the unfortunate, but very possible circumstance that someone in San Antonio loses their home to fire or other natural disaster.  Could I offer them my house for whatever they could afford to pay while they get their insurance in order and try to find some stability?

If you're out there and reading, I'd love to have more ideas for the most good that could be done with this house.