We’re now in the midst of the “back to school” season, which means that stores and parking lots are more crowded, parents are busy adjusting to their kids’ new routines, college students are reappearing in town, and teachers are getting to know the personalities of the students they’ll be teaching.
I remember when going “back to school” was something I looked forward to. There were interesting classes that I couldn’t wait to take. I enjoyed the feeling of “a fresh start.”
I’m no longer the wide-eyed college student who loved school. But I haven’t lost my love for learning. I still seek out new information, and I try to understand new perspectives on life. I read. I observe. I talk to people for a living. I may not be in college, but I work with college students, and I try to learn about the world through their eyes.
Is there something in particular that I hope to learn this year? I think that one of my ongoing quests is to discover how I can make a unique difference in the world. And if I can, I want to discover how to help others to make their unique impact. Unfortunately, there’s no quick or easy study guide for that. What I’ve learned, though, is that “making a difference” can look different from day to day. I don’t have to be famous or influential to make a difference, and the difference that I make can be small. Some days, it could mean simply listening to someone. Other days it could mean writing out words of encouragement. At times, it will require me to cheerfully do boring-but-necessary tasks. At other times, it may involve a creative or artistic process.
How is this “back to school” season affecting you? Is there anything you’re hoping to learn during this season of life?