Posted by: John | March 27, 2011

What I Want to Give Back

I remember once telling my grad-school mentor that I wasn’t sure whether to be a writer or teach writing courses. She asked me, “what do you want to give back?”

I wondered:  what DID I want to give back; what did I HAVE to give back?
 
I decided I would like to give back a feeling for and an appreciation of metaphor. I would like to give back soft landings on hard surfaces or grass runways. I would like to give back an ear to listen. I would like to give back serenity.
 
I want to give back an acceptance of all human beings, even those different from me. I want to give back life.
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