We keep what we give

I’m a confirmed, addicted, “sharer”. Been that way for years and I’m sure its caused it share of incredulity. Many people just don’t operate on and of the same mental construct – believing as I do that knowledge is not something created nor owned. It is air and for all. But that is okay – the world is beautiful because it is made of so many who are different. There is room for all of us.

I’m a confirmed believer in  “We keep what we give”, education as a vocation. Meaning, that I get so much from what I do – that I’m in no need of any returns other than to be “in the mix” and sharing.

I recently got a flurry of wonderful emails from complete strangers. Coupled with the spring warmth, it makes me feel so grateful to be able to do what I do and connect with so many from around the world. That in sharing, I keep much more than I give. I’d like to share one of the emails, from a woman in Egypt writing about an ebook I shared and specifically one entry – My Egyptian Moment.

I want to share this with you because I want to do what I do – share with you the energy of this email and how it sparkles with the new force of connection we experience when we share, never knowing who might chance upon, use, be touched by, find meaning in – what we give. And in some miraculous way, us keeping so much from this process….


Hi David,

At last it’s you !! As a new member of this EFL Classroom 2.0 group, I didn’t know who is the admin of this great site !!! Until I got a message from this group sent to my e-mail, with links to April newsletter , a book about flashcards and a special book called (The unbearable lightness of being a teacher) !!

As an Egyptian EFL teacher, I would like to thank u soo much for this good book, and esp for the part called (My own Egyptian moment). WOW!! It’s very special, inspiring and motivating!!

I’ve shared the book and esp. this part with my colleagues. we all appreciate it !! We are really proud of our PEACEFUL revolution !! It’s very important and nice to see it in the eyes of other friends from other places in the world specially when it comes from a great teaching expert like you !!! As we have been thinking about our mission as teachers and how to teach our students the great lessons of freedom in these days which are full of unprecedented events!!! But, you did it in a universal way. Though it’s an Egyptian moment, but ur message from it is actually universal !!!

We really hope we can keep this great victory and let it spread in all aspects of our life !!!

I have even talked about ur book and this part of it in a radio program this morning and thanked you on air!!! They have even asked me to share the book on the program’s FB page ??? They even asked when will the cover copy of the book be available ??!!! Do you mind if i shared it with them on FB??!! What if any of my colleagues wanted to share comments or thoughts with u?? (I even wish we can talk with u one day!!)

By the way, i don’t agree with what u said about being selfish writing about ur own personal experience !!! It’s very important to share even the simplest moment as u say (Live simply, simply live) and specially when it comes from someone like you !!

Sorry for this long message , but as u can see we r still affected by the spirit of freedom and enthusiasm !!!! 🙂
Waitin for ur reply !!

(name) (EGYPT)


PS. Here is the ebook referred to. Download and share. Also, just got this email – which sort of relates to this post.
Using Flashcards and Teaching English” is being tweeted more than anything else on SlideShare right now. So we’ve put it on the homepage of SlideShare.net (in the “Hot on Twitter” section).

Well done!

– SlideShare Team


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