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What are you chasing?

Yesterday, Ruth wrote a post entitled “The Big Picture.” It reminded me of this quote from Mitch Albom’s Book Tuesdays with Morrie:

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
Tuesdays With Morrie, pg. 43

Once I get past the wrapping my students’ notebooks, creating graphic organizers, and writing minilessons as diligently as possible, it is my hope that all this will help my students to create meaning and purpose in their own lives as they become writers.

For anyone that heard Lucy Calkins’s Keynote Address* at the July Writing Institute (2008), I’ll leave you with the final words from her speech, “Don’t forget the radio.”

So, as you embark upon the first days of the new school year, I’d like to encourage you to think about this question: What are you chasing?

* = There’s no way I can do Lucy’s quote justice if you weren’t there, but I’ll try. “The radio” is essentially the most important stuff in this world. It’s the little thing that you might easily forget because of all of our responsibilities and commitments. “The radio” might seem like a small thing to you, but, in reality, it’s the most important thing in the world to someone else.

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

3 thoughts on “What are you chasing? Leave a comment

  1. Stacey, I just read this post after linking my SOLS for 8/19/08, with the same theme of purpose in life – related to Rick Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan. You are achieving a great purpose in life, and one that Mr. Warren advocates, by “educating the next generation.” Good luck in your final preparations to start the new school year.


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