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Sunday, October 24, 2010

To have that sense of one's intrinsic worth...is potential to have everything". -Joan Didion

Intrinsic
–adjective
1. Belonging naturally; essential.
2. (of a muscle) Contained wholly within the organ on which it acts.

As of late, I've been trying to develop an intrinsic motivation in my students. Ideally, I want them to look to themselves to see if they are proud of their work, rather than seeking my attention and approval. I think it's such a valuable tool, and ultimately (the hope) is that they will to do work that makes themselves feel good and proud.

"Poor is the man who does not know his own intrinsic worth and tends to measure everything by relative value. A man of financial wealth who values himself by his financial net worth is poorer than a poor man who values himself by his intrinsic self worth". -Sydney Madwed

This week, I'm going to try to go within and figure out what ticks for me intrinsically. What is within my heart that makes it happy--because lord only knows no one else is bringing it my way! This is always quite a conundrum to me--how can I completely develop and foster my own value without any input from outside sources? Is it possible? You tell me.

Enjoy your week and have a very Happy Tuesday

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