I have finally surfaced from my doctoral COMPS preparation. On Tuesday, after I had penned the last words and hit submit on the prompts that serve as the gateway to demonstrating if I have what it takes to be a researcher and academic, I came home to this beautiful rainbow. I immediately went out searching for the pot of gold! <smile>
Then I realize- I have it already.
Lately, I find myself living under the rainbow. There have been so many really exciting things happening. My brain stays constantly challenged, which is just the way I prefer it.
Shanghai and Learning 2.0
The travel was amazing coming to China. Sure- it was long flights, layovers, and cramped- but still, it was amazing. Why? Several reasons:
First, I am traveling with my 21 yr old son Noah. I am more pumped about that then coming to China and presenting.
Noah is the most interesting young man. Our house is a very busy one. All of us work and attend school. We always have. In addition, all of us have passions and hobbies, so as a result, there isn't a lot of time to talk and share. So the flight was spent with the two of us sharing ideas about the books we were reading on the plane. Noah was reading "The Code Book" which is about the history of cryptography. It was fascinating listening to him describe his insights as he was gaining them. I came to the realization that he had grown into the kind of person I would actually choose to hang out with-
even if he wasn't family.
Second, I am traveling with Wes and Shelly Fryer, and Will Richardson. On the plane, Will and I kept knocking ideas around in between jokes, sharing passages from the books we were reading with each other and sharing small nuances of life we feel are important. Then it hit me, relationships are the beginning of wisdom. I realized while talking with Will, that vision starts with relationships; whether it is relationship with kids, colleagues, or our communities- vision begins with connecting ideas. None of us could get over the surrealness of actually flying around the world and landing in a communist country. I have had the good fortune of having traveled many places around the world, but never to Asia.
To show you the difference between where I am now and where I live. We get a notice under our door- Dear Guests- We have received notice from our government: The People's Government will deploy a test of aerial defense in the Pudong New Area. Do not be alarmed.
On another note--Check out these cool tunnel pics I took at the Detroit airport.
Finally-- a pic not to be missed. We land in Tokyo and this is on the TV in the waiting room. Classic!