I don’t know what I think until I read what I write: How blogging has helped me to clarify my thoughts on candlehood.

For some reason, my preferred mode of  communication has always been the written word.

Face-to-face, especially when under pressure, and even when I have something important to say, I choke up. The words refuse to come.

So it should not have come as a surprise to me that I would get so much out of keeping this blog.  But it has exceeded my expectations. 

What started out as a subject requirement for my study, has become a routine, and an outlet.

I have enjoyed the way that starting an online conversation has reconnected me with fellow candles who, through distance, I had been separated from.

I have been humbled by the number of people who have been interested in, and read, what I have to say.

I have been grateful for the different perspectives offered by those who have commented.

And most importantly, I have benefited so greatly from being reflective of my practice. I truly believe that knowing yourself is as crucial to good teaching as knowing your students and subjects. Good teachers really must live examined lives.

Throughout this blogging process, I have learnt to take heart from what I do in order to give heart to others. And candles have big hearts.

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Blogging Montage by Isaak Kwok on Flickr under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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