Saturday, September 19, 2009

shaky legs and all

This concluded my first official week at work. The previous week was orientation for new and returning faculty members.

It is off to a good, but challenging start. I've hit the pavement running trying to give it my all. There is a lot to learn. I'm juggling many different things, but it's going well.

The faculty and staff is composed of very talented and generous individuals. So many have offered their help, which has made me felt most welcomed. And the students are wonderful: precious and eager to learn.

I just want to do my best.

There are no guarantees. That we know. The best we can do is try.

In thinking about this new experience, I was reminded of what someone told me awhile back. He said we are born and reborn every waking moment of our lives though most times we're unaware of it. Each passing moment is fresh and different from the previous one. And with this freshness comes hope and opportunity. Birth, though miraculous and joyful, is also messy and painful, he went on to say. Remembering this, I joked with someone this week that I was experience my own birth.

I'm stumbling and learning, stumbling and growing.

Fear there is. I'm experiencing a brave new world.

Tears there have been.

But with a brave, tender heart, I'm braking the shell of my cocoon renouncing my own doubt. With each step, I open up and grow.

Shaky legs and all, I press on.


Comment Blogger Michelle said...

Your awesome Duane!!!

7:51 AM  
Comment Blogger Kelly Kane said...

Congrats on finishing up your first week!!

3:00 PM  
Comment Blogger laulausmamma said...

Hi glad your first week of teaching went well...what lucky students to gain from your wisdom and experiences.


1:05 AM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are such an inspiration... so much grace and wisdom. good luck always.

3:11 PM  
Comment Blogger Jessie O said...

Hi Duane,

I've been thinking about the same thing lately: the freshness of moments and that change is inevitable and bring the possibility of great things. Congratulations on re entry!

2:34 AM  
Comment Blogger Cathy Bueti said...

Congrats Duane on this new adventure!! Those students are lucky for the opportunity to learn from you! :)

2:37 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks everyone for your thoughtful and assuring comments! I'm so humbled. They mean a great deal. :)

We must strive to put our best foot forward even when the challenges seem too great.

8:29 PM  
Comment Blogger byerrum said...


Good luck on the new adventure. I also get the reference "Shaky legs and all." Hope all is well.


1:39 AM  
Comment Blogger BaldyLocks said...

What an inspiring post. I'm so glad to see that things are working out for you.


1:23 AM  

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