He believes that goals, whilst admirable, can often send us in the wrong direction – focusing on a result that won’t make us happy or fulfilled, and keeping us from seeing the true opportunities our life presents us.
“Instead, the secret is to treat your life like an unplanned and unpredictable trip down a scenic, winding country road. You are guided by your internal compass and you learn to follow your passions, even if they seem to be a detour. Every day is an adventure, with life unfolding before your eyes. You avoid setting large life goals so that you are free to focus on the present.”
He says that his approach will still lead to success – but often in unexpected and fulfilling ways.
I think there are some good lessons here for homeschooling.
Often homeschooling is focused on ‘results’. We set goals of things our children should learn. We plan out our homeschool schedule in detail. We worry about how our children will graduate and take exams.
And yet, doesn’t this cause us much of our stress? The stress in homeschooling comes from the worry that you are doing the ‘wrong’ thing – that you aren’t ‘doing it right’. I worry about missed opportunities. I simply don’t have time to do it all and yet that means deciding which things will fall by the wayside.
I touched on this a little in ‘Unfinished Homeschool Projects‘ in that sometimes it is better to ‘move on’ than doggedly finish a project. Going with the flow might be a better homeschooling strategy after all.
Here she talks about the ‘ebb and flow’ of homeschooling. How sometimes they ‘amble along the shore’ of homeschooling, taking things as they come and enjoying the views. Other times she:
‘charters a boat and we set sail with purpose and direction, deliberately casting our net for a particular type of fish.”
Doesn’t that sound like a great balance?
I think that we already follow this approach in the way we do things – we tend to get stuck into a homeschool idea for a while and then wonder aimlessly for a time before choosing a new project.
But now I see that this can be a very successful strategy. Not just a recharging of batteries (as I thought), but a deliberate way of opening ourselves to new learning opportunities and unexpected directions.
I think that ‘goal free homeschooling’ might actually get me to ‘guilt free homeschooling’!!
What about you? Are you a big planner? Or do you go with the flow? Do you think dropping your to-do list for a while might take your homeschooling in some new and exciting directions? Or does it sound like your worst nightmare?