Quick now, here, now, always—
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
In her visionary keynote at the Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG) spring workshop, facilitator Nancy White said, “It’s not about mastery, it’s about opening.” This was a wonderful reminder of something I know to be true.
It was true when I recently stepped on my yoga mat after several months away from the studio. No, I wasn’t able to do the poses well and I did feel more self-conscious than I would have liked. But I reminded myself that it was okay; that’s why it’s called yoga practice.
It was also true when some presenters and peers used nuanced, academic language that I didn’t easily digest (this is not a complaint–these are just educated, eloquent folks!) and a small part of me felt like an imposter. What do I really know about educational technology, I wondered. What can I contribute?
ETUG met Hollywood, however, when my thoughts wandered to actress Jennie Garth. Garth reportedly puts Post-it notes on her mirror with positive messages like “You are enough.” In an interview with Health magazine, she said, “So often we walk around and feel inferior—not smart enough or thin enough.” And so I reminded myself that it was okay. I’m a practicing professional. I’m enough exactly the way I am.
Chatting with Nancy via Twitter, she affirmed, “It’s not about mastery, it’s about creating the future as we practice.” A-ha! That practice thing again. So I don’t have to be perfect (ha!) or have all the answers. I wrote back, “Love it. I like to think it’s also about creating the now.”
Essentially, this call to collectively create the future–now–is my favourite spring workshop takeaway. I love the invitation to engage, be together and be unleashed; the invitation to make magic, consider our power as social artists and to “learn by failing forward.”
Wanna fail forward with me? #etug