Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Private hope and dream"

"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation." John F. Kennedy

Aren't I quotey this week?

It was funny that this quote fell into my life this week, because Steve and I have been discussing this all week.  How if you line up 100 people and asked them their "secret career wish" - no matter whether it would be lucrative or even make sense on a logistical level - how you'd likely get 100 different answers.

I'm married to a man who wants to be an auditor and a CPA.  This makes no sense to my non-number brain, how he can dream of spending an entire day crunching numbers.  He's a math teacher for a few years for work-life balance when the children are young, but this is his plan for his life.  Immersed in number-crunching.  I doubt that is many people's dream for their lives.

I want to go to developing countries and set up infrastructures for empowerment - better schools, hospitals. Teaching literacy, business skills, helping start businesses.  Create solid community foundations that are self-sustaining, so they don't need to depend on foreign aid. 

In my mind, I can't imagine this isn't everyone's dream, that's how potent it is to me.  It feels like the most perfect life, sitting in a dusty schoolroom somewhere, helping write curriculum for mothers to start businesses in their area.

I do think this is one of the great miracles of life. How we create in ourselves this blend of all these different areas that might actually make sense for some highly specific niche.  My finance education and my teaching career, along with a hunger for other cultures, all come together to maybe serve an area that could really use it.

Watching my 3 children come into their personality and wirings, it's what I love the most. Jack falling in love with Russian.  His engineering mind that takes any toy and has to turn it into something else.  Andrew's existential, philosophical mind who is drawn to numbers - but also, his highly physical side that loves motion and action.  How will all these different areas of themselves come together, if they're true to themselves?


AR said...

Hey SB - Have you ever heard of the Mona Foundation? It's a smallish non-profit organization, but it's focus is on education and empowerment of women and children at the grassroots level, and they have projects in several countries. It's one of our favorites to give to, partially because 97% of the funds go directly to the projects since it's run primarily by volunteers. But the description of what you want to do is very reflective of their guiding principles.

Sarahbeth said...

Thank you for this. It looks wonderful, and I'm so happy to have a resource to watch. And support in other ways, even if I'm not able to contribute physically yet. This looks great!