Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee. -Emerson
Some people see my logo and immediately rattle off
"See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil."
I would change evil to fear.
Not the kind of fear that keeps you from jumping out of an airplane without a parachute.
The other kind of fear
the one that keeps you safe ...
keeps you comfortable and content ...
never stretching your boundaries and finding out what you can do.
You won't die.
You might stammer a little, have some heart palpitations
and then walk out a stronger person.
If it isn't a raging success, you'll cry in your beer, dust yourself off, and give it another go.
The next time you'll be smarter and more wily.
The tabs are connected to different parts of my life where I've scared myself many, many times.
I look forward to staring fear in the face again very soon,
shaking in my boots for a moment, and then kicking it aside.
An Ozarks Writing Project consultant since 2009, Kim Blevins has been teaching ELA sixteen years at the middle school, high school, and college level. Blevins was awarded one of the Twenty Most Influential Women by the Springfield Business Journal in 2012 and was the 2011 Secondary Teacher of the Year for the Missouri State Teachers Association. Blevins was editor of Springfield Lifestyle magazine in 2013, and been published in the book Great Educators 2011, Missouri State Teachers Association' School & Community magazine, Springfield Business Journal, and was a blogger on the Teaching Tolerance website. She led an all-day session at the 2013 Write to Learn conference and has presented workshops at Write to Learn and Ozarks Writing Project the last ten years.