This week I did my Primary Ethics training 9-5 on Monday and Tuesday in the city. It was very surreal re-joining the early morning commuters after 3 years in the ‘burbs. Even after all this time, it felt very much like a return to ‘normal’, making me question how comfy I really am with my ‘new normal’ after all… too big a ponder for the 8.12 am city-bound train on a Monday morning!
Anyway, I quite liked it on day one but was over it by day two.
The Primary Ethics course was an exceptionally well-put-together two days of intense training that whipped 25 diverse volunteers into the robust shape needed to go into public schools and teach enquiring minds about staying enquiring. I absolutely loved learning new skills and having my ideas challenged. As philosophical ethics tells us – self-reflection (or an ‘examined life’) is pretty much the key to everything.
I was also reminded during the course just how important diversity is to a good life. It was a huge pleasure to spend a couple of days with people from all kinds of backgrounds.
Other things that had me this week:
Reading – well, not quite yet, but eagerly anticipating Michelle Crawford’s A Table in the Orchard. I love Michelle’s work on Hugo & Elsa so much that I’ve pre-ordered my copy and I just cannot wait.
Writing – a somewhat ridiculously detailed post about our bedtime routine. Long-time readers will know how long and hard I have fought for an easy bedtime, so my expertise in this arena knows no bounds. I’m also very proud to have honoured my friend Philippa over at Lisa Berson’s blog this week. I was in tears writing this one.
Making – handmade things for the Facebook challenge I agreed to in Jan.
Wishing – that people weren’t taken from this world too soon.
Loving – the Badoo in her ‘oldie worldie’ garb (see above), setting off on a school excursion to Ryde Old School House this week. It’s the same dress Cappers wore two years ago and seeing them in the same dress shows me just how beautifully different each of my girls is.
Wondering – how it is I am living the perfect life for a 27 year old man, surrounded as I am by beautiful, funny, rowdy, smart-as-a-whip women who regularly invite me to dinner.
This week we are off to New Zealand to visit Simone from Great Fun 4 Kids. She is like my kiwi blogging cousin as we share many of the same interests and she is equally as crazy-in-love with her husband and family as I am. Simone has so many wonderful ideas for connecting with your family and as a long-term sufferer from depression and anxiety she also shares her thoughts on connecting with yourself.
When was the last time you learned something new?