My work has become a huge source of nurturance and success for me, even while it takes up large amounts of my time and energy.
This summer's class was the most successful academic course I've ever created, and that is saying a lot. Those students who took it transformed a whole range of their academic and personal strategies and incorporated new beliefs and attitudes into their lives. I now have confidence in their ability to plot their own course forward no matter what happens at the program or university level. These folks will be amazing.
I've also been asked to partner with two major organizations and help them develop new ways to work with graduate students. I'm loving this more than I can express.
My major co-writer/research partner just got a 1.5 million dollar grant, and this has opened new doors to our work together. I wished for more graduate students to bring into the field this summer....and three new students/colleagues, all volunteer, appeared at my doorstep asking to work with us this week.
It's truly exciting around here right now, and I am happy.
Wonderful, unexpected things are also happening in my spiritual life. I'm suddenly meeting new people with lots to teach and share who treat me with great respect. I didn't expect to be valued by them in this way from the start.
I expected to earn respect from the bottom up, as I've done in other trads and organizations. But for whatever reason, I'm being welcomed with an a priori level of trust and high regard. It's a little confusing, but I appreciate it very much and will seek to live up to it.
It's an explosively fertile time in my life!