Friday, July 13, 2007

Irony

Well, after yesterday's posting, ironically enough, I'm suddenly feeling interested in my academic writing again and have been very productive the last two days.

If I had planned on this as the hoped-for result of my vacation declaration yesterday, it would not have happened.

But I didn't plan on it. I was sincere about letting go of my expectations and focusing my energy differently. The sincerity was key, I think. It allowed my energy to reconfigure itself in new ways I could not have imagined.

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  1. CS,

    There's plenty of irony here. You write "Hold me to this, my faithful readers!) in the midst of saying "I refuse to agree to anything that means other expect something of me."

    Being accountable to others is a very differen thing from domination or "controlling dynamics." Being accountable to each other does not put one person in charge and the other person in submission. Being accountable means being part of a mutually supportive whole that is greater than our weak individual selves.

    You were kind enough to give me feedback on my research at the FAHE meeting. I will invite you to send me drafts of research papers you are working on for comment, if you would find that helpful. You had this vision for FAHE as a network of mutually supportive individuals united by a shared vision of the good (paraphrasing your keynote address at FAHE). So, let's embody the words and help each other in practical ways.

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  2. Wonderful! Thank you so much again, Richard!

    I really appreciate your spotting this additional irony, and then helping explain it by making the distinction you make here between accountability and controlling dynamics. I find this very helpful!

    And thank you for your offer to look at some of my writing. Yes, I should, er, practice what I "preach," shouldn't I? But seriously, I did mean what I said even if I suffer from being hesitant to ask others look at my writing. I was just reading a book on writing (Professors as Writers, by Robert Boice) that reinforces the value of academics being more "social" about their writing.

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