I don’t know about you, but I take motivation and inspiration like I drink coffee. Not only do I need it, I want lots of it throughout the day.
I’m always looking for good books to inspire me.
I find that, as someone who hopes to instill inspiration and creativity in my children through homeschooling, my own supply should never run dry. So I’m always scouring book stores and libraries, hoping for a new perspective.
In Peaks and Valleys, the author tells a story of a man who lived in a valley and wanted to live on a peak. He travels to the peak and meets another man who does live there and learns invaluable lessons from him.
It’s a simple premise, but its very mundane nature makes it a great metaphor for everything in life, including homeschooling.
Consider this quote as an example:
Avoid believing things are better than they are when you are on a peak,
Or worse than they are when you are in the valley.
Make reality your friend.
How many times in my day do I make things worse because I can’t put it into perspective? Long form division, anyone? Reading?
Interestingly enough, making reality your friend is reiterated in Ryan Holiday’s book Ego is the Enemy as well.
Influenced by Stoic writers but drawing inspiration from Classical writers and current day characters, Holiday makes a great case for the proper perspective.
Living clearly and presently takes courage. Don’t live in the haze of the abstract, live with the tangible and real, even if—especially if—it’s uncomfortable. Be part of what’s going on around you. Feast on it, adjust for it. There’s no one to perform for. There is just work to be done and lessons to be learned, in all that is around us.
Sounds like homeschooling to me.