Inspiration, Reflection and a Timeout

I’m back from DC and still catching up on emails, clients, etc. I recapped my lessons on DC Education Startup Weekend on Tumblr. I spent Monday in DC taking meetings, but the most important part of my day was the three hours I spent walking around the memorials. A kind friend let me store my luggage- and my computer- with him so I could walk around without a heavy bag. I could not remember the last time I had the luxury of three hours doing something physical and that allowed me to be completely present and thoughtful. I left DC feeling energized and inspired, but not chaotic.

I’ve seen all the monuments previously, with the exception of the MLK memorial. I could see them over and over again. Here are a few pics of quotes that touched me, especially right now.

Martin Luther King

The awe-inspiring MLK memorial.

Audacity to Believe

What do you have the audacity to believe?

Career Aspirations

A great shout-out to teachers, including those of us who work with adults.

FDR Quote on Human Potential

From the FDR memorial which is still my favorite (Lincoln is a close 2nd). Extremely timely as Occupy Wall Street enters its second month.

FDR and Faith

The tree was in the way of getting a real good shot of this quote. It’s something we need to remember every day as we go after what we want: “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”

Freedom is not free

From the Korean War Memorial. Absolutely true on a personal scale, too. You can’t build your own freedom without risk. Don’t try to pretend you can’t.

Jefferson Disruption

This quote from Jefferson reminded me of what we were trying to do at Startup Weekend, advancing education with new ideas.

What inspires you?