Not too long ago I headed to Chicago to present on project based learning at two conferences, iEngage Berwyn and the Midwest Summit for 21st Century Learning. And yes, this was my first visit to the Windy City, and it was long overdue.
Of course, as a pizza enthusiast (and probably, elitist), during some downtime I decided to make the trip from my hotel, Chicago Athletic Association, to Lou Malnati’s for some Chicago-style deep dish pizza. While we can debate Chicago-style vs. New York-style pizza (which is a waste of time since deep dish pizza should really be classified as a casserole), the Uber ride to Lou Malnati’s was one of the more memorable moments of the day.
After some small talk, my driver, Robert, told me about his journal (pictured) in which he asks all passengers to record the day’s date and their mantra. What followed was an unexpected yet intriguing conversation during which Robert explained the significance of the journal – documenting his legacy while establishing relationships – and the fact that he was already in possession of four journals that had been completely filled by previous passengers.
Without any hesitation, I knew what mantra to include (pictured) as these are words by which I’ve always tried to live (but admittedly, at times I have fallen short):