Monday, March 21, 2011

Week 4 - The Art of Possibility

Have you ever noticed the fiery burn that illuminates before a match reaches its full potential?  That is where we as future EMDT graduates exist right now.  We are on the brink of a beautiful existence but like a match, it can end in a moment if we do not allow others to see our spark.  This is what the final section of the Art of Possibility speaks on.  We have the tools but just as Dr. King had his dream, we must also create a vision to create a ‘framework of possibility’ for the students and colleagues we encounter.  By moving from I to We, we begin to focus on being inclusive and something very unlike the only child in me, consider what is best for all that we encounter. 

As we end the near of our journey, cohort, remember the words of Mahatma Gandhi and “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

I wish you the best of luck.


  1. Tamika that is such a great analogy. I hope our matches burn brightly for a long time, and that we use our fire to start many fires in others. Vision is an extraordinary concept the embodies the idea of possibility. In our Wimba session last night someone asked if it was okay to submit a presentation to a conference that was in a place she was unlikely to go to, and we spoke a bit on this topic of possibility and vision. One of my favorite phrases is "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you'll land among the stars."

  2. I loved your analogy! And I totally agree with your words “we need to let others see our spark” and I would like to add that we also need to allow others to show us their spark since we are living in a world where “we” have to work hand to hand in our vision about the world we want to live in. Nowadays and more than ever we need to know that real success comes from working in a community which needs to be supported by inclusiveness, commitment, collaboration, and sharing.

  3. Great analogy! We are the future that has to work hard to maintain that fire burning and unite with others to make our fire bigger. That's the challenge we have, and we can definitely make extraordinary things happen as we spread our light. I too wish you the best in being the change you want to see in the world!

  4. Tamika,
    You have picked the perfect visual for these last few chapters and your post is so inspiring to me. First off, it's incredible to think about us being near the end of this incredible journey and even more remarkable is the possibility of change about to take place in our lives. You bring up a wonderful point when you discuss that we need to let others see our spark in order to "be the change...". I think that is exactly what Zander would want for those of us reading his book and the purpose of his writing. It makes me wish I could have been a student in his classes or had someone like Roz to collaborate with.

    It has been such a pleasure to work with you and learn from you along this journey, through projects, readings and your "Tech Talk". I am hoping we will be able to stay in touch after this program and collaborate on professional issues. I am also hoping that we can meet at graduation. I wish you the best in your future and know that you will be a bright spot in whatever you chose to do.

  5. Thank you for the kind comments, ladies. I also hope that we keep in touch after this is over. I do not plan to attend graduation but I doubt if we ever fall out of touch considering our social networking connection. One more month - hang in there!

  6. I Love your quote Tamika! Often people go through their lives and don't realize the effect they have on others. That's why at work my students and staff always see me smile. My fellow staff members say I'm too perky at times and always happy. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes you have to put a smiling face to make someone else's day better. Some students don't receive smiles and hugs at home. They receive positive attention at school. If I can have a part in that, then I feel good.

    The end is only the beginning, it's like a circle. I hope we all reach our dreams and always strive for the best.

  7. Clearly, your observation and analogy about the flame at it's brightest touched your classmates. Great job.


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