Do What You Love, Love What You Do

the-sparkBarnett ran a daycare for years. With the children, over and over she ‘noted how doing what they loved brought all of the children’s other skills up as well.'(71) Of course, when you do what you love, you’re totally engrossed and you can relate everything to it. But if you don’t care about what you’re doing, how can you care about anything else? It was her strategy, then, to find what the kids love, to engross them, and not have them follow a boring script. She tells a little story:

‘Imagine that you live in a tree house in a beautiful forest, and the only place you feel safe and calm is up in that tree house. But people keep intruding. “Hey, come out of the trees!” they yell up at you. “It’s crazy to live in a tree. You need to come down from there.” Then one day somebody comes into the forest, and she doesn’t yell or try to make you change, but instead climbs into your tree house and shows you that she loves it as much as you do. Wouldn’t you have a completely different relationship with her than you do with anyone else? … Wouldn’t you be more inclined to [do what she suggests]?'(77)

It may sound trite, but do what you love, and love what you do. Only then may someone climb into your tree house and show you that she loves it as much as you do. So, Barnett and associates climbed in, and ‘whatever the children loved would set us to following the bread crumb trail, finding out bit by bit who they really were.'(85) She wrote to one of her sons: ‘Don’t ever be afraid to be afraid to be who you are. Find out what you love to do and do it.'(109)

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