Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sorting, sorting, sorting

What have I found? Memories of so many events in my life, so many friends, so much love in my life. As a multiple-time cancer survivor, I have been through my share of troubles and remember laughing out loud when I first read Winston Churchill's quotation "If you are going through hell, keep going!" However, on balance, it is enjoyable finding past parts of my life, deciding what to keep, what to recycle, what to (gasp!) send to the dump, what to even re-gift. My younger son said it best when I asked him what I should do with his favorite thermos from grade school (DuckTails). He said thinking about it gave him good memories, and then he told me that he would like me to donate it to the Ann Arbor Thrift Shop so that someone else could have good memories, too. What a thoughtful response. Done!

I also found the box of all my class outlines, tests, case studies, resources, etc, etc, etc from a course I taught to undergraduate dietetic students back in the mid-90's. Oh, now that was hard to decide what to do with, however, I quickly wrote a good friend who was my grad assistant for that course, asking her for "permission" to recycle all that paper. She quickly and wisely responded "It's out of date - get rid of it!". Ha, ha - I didn't even think of that, only all the effort and love I put into that course and those students. Thus, it was then easy to simply remember the good memories and let the paper go. :-)

However, I did find within that heavy box of paper the transparencies (yes, another sign of being "out of date") of the quotations I had used to start each lecture. There were 12 of them I had selected to share with these undergraduate students. I enjoyed reading all of them; here are four that I still love:

Progress always involves risk
You can't steal second base
and keep one foot on first.
~~ Author Unknown

In the middle of difficulty
lies opportunity.
~~ Albert Einstein

Challenges can be
stepping stones or stumbling blocks.
It's just a matter of how you view them.
~~ Author Unknown

The larger the island of knowledge,
the longer the shore line of wonder.
~~ Ralph W. Sockman

I used this last quotation at the final session of my teaching that semester, in effect telling my students that everything I tried to expose them to that semester was just the tip of the iceberg of the knowledge needed for practicing at the cutting-edge of the dietetics profession and hopefully would lead to a lifetime of having more questions than answers. I hope it did for some, even most of them. :-)

Back to sorting, sorting, sorting. Step by step by step, we are getting closer to actually moving out to the farm!

By the way, my husband actually heard two groups of coyotes yipping and howling back and forth last night at our farm. I missed them as I had already gone back to our Ann Arbor house to make supper, but I heard one group yipping this afternoon. Although neighbors at the farm had told us about seeing and hearing coyotes, this was our first time to hear them in the nearly two years we have owned this property.  We can't wait to get out there full time!

"Cultivate your life - you are what you grow - inch by inch, row by row"

Diana Dyer, MS, RD


Elaine said...

Wonderful quotes, Diana. Perhaps some of the content of your course notes is "out-of-date" but these wise words are timeless. I think I'll have to share them with our interns.

Happy sorting & happy reminiscing as you get ready for your big move. So exciting!

rocknluvchild said...

Hi Elaine and Diana!

I am in agreement with you about the quotes Elaine. Thank you for sharing such wonderful quotes Diana. I love them!

As I read your post Diana, I too began to reminisce of my college days and sitting in my food and nutrition classes learning about food science and diet therapy!

I miss those days as I still feel very strongly about the way our food supply has changed as well as our eating habits.

I ended up a software engineer rather than a RD and I am finding out that my heart lies in attempts to assist the world to be a better and healthier place by increasing awareness of current dietary concerns and changes in our food chain.

I came across your websites and book as I was researching healthy diets that decrease blood fat.

I really wanted to thank you for sharing all that you have by your contributions to "the urgent need for developing food systems that promote health not disease, ecological sustainability, and social justice."

You have done an excellent job here as well as on your other site and I just would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm thank you to someone I consider wonderful and a great person who has shown great passion and provided us with a great path to begin on.

Best of wishes Diana and thank you once again!