In the last couple of years, many of us have had moments of digging deep to give what we can to our students, our families, and our communities. Our work matters deeply to us, yet many of us struggled at some point to find joy, connection, and meaning in each day while attending to all of our responsibilities. Society promotes “work-life balance,” as the healthy ideal, but this perfect “balance” can be elusive, leading to frustration and resentment.
In this keynote, Katie Keller Wood will draw on Montessori’s ideas of work, cosmic vision, and cosmic task to help us examine our own mission-driven work, and how we can promote true thriving for ourselves and others. As whole humans, we need a way to integrate our work as a meaningful and important part of our lives, and shifting our perspective from “balance” to “alignment” can make all the difference. We’ll explore how the alignment model provides a pathway to thriving in a way that honors each person’s unique talents, experiences, perspectives, and needs. Just as our Montessori classrooms provide a container conducive to the development and thriving of our students, we adults need to consider our own developmental needs as we each live our “one wild and precious life” (Mary Oliver).
Cincinnati Montessori Society is excited to bring you an amazing line up of speakers for this spring conference! Saturday, March 4th, we will gather as a community to share ideas and inspiration. Do not miss this amazing opportunity!