One element of my work with an Italian university is the weekly receiving hour, a time for students to discuss any administrative issues regarding the course or indeed the course contents and study material.
However, as the students are now well into the course the need for individual meetings has diminished. Though the duty to be available remains, as I sit in the room assigned for such meetings the receiving hour has recently taken on a new role.
Lately the receiving hour has become a writing occasion for me. Away from my usual surroundings I am able to view things from a new perspective and in the relatively quiet environment ideas flow. I receive, as it were, gifts of inspiration and creativity.
Looking at the hour as a moment of ‘down time’ – a pause in the day focused on helping the course participants reach their full potential – provides the calmness for the receiving process to occur.
As I receive and gather ideas from the stillness of the moment, inevitably some thoughts get put aside. Nevertheless, as American theoretical chemist and biologist Dr Linus Pauling said: “The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.”
Well, the receiving hour has drawn to a close, so let me thank you for sharing this time with me.