I am addicted to word games – the ones where you have to make as many words as you can from a limited number of letters in a limited amount of time. As you progress, the time is shortened. I love the challenge, and the brain workout. And if I am stuck, I can just quit and start again. I make ‘genius’ moves and love the positive feedback.
My job is parceled into seventy-five minute periods in which I have to solve an unlimited number of problems in a limited amount of time. Unlike the word games, I cannot click ‘quit’ and start again. Unlike the game, there is no score to give me immediate feedback. I juggle, think on my feet, and then start again when the bell rings. I only receive feedback when I have erred in my judgment, or displeased another teacher, the student, or a parent. There is nothing ‘genius’ about what I do.
Am I making a difference? Is this a life well lived.
How would you define a life well lived?