2009 began with an itch to get back into teaching. It has been three years since I taught a class in Penuel School of Theology or even just a bible study or a Sunday school class. So I spent the first part of the year shopping around my old haunts--Penuel, Asian Theological Seminary and then some. Penuel also was transitioning a new president who asked me to brief her since I had that job at one time and can use some insights on how to run the school. After a few conversations and coffee, I sorta settled that maybe I will go back to Penuel eventually.
Admittedly, my mind was somewhere else.
As the middle of the year drew closer and things were being planned for the new school year, different meetings were held and it occurred to me that I needed to immerse myself in Penuel to get my heart and mind back in the some place.
But my heart was somewhere else too.
Then the annual meeting or the Penuel community day took place. I had mentally resolved that by the end of the meeting, I would walk up to the academic dean and ask him for a teaching assignment. During the meeting, I had to slapped myself into focus because my heart and mind kept flying off elsewhere. There was a photoshoot happening the next day and it did not help that someone was texting me about who bring what and how.
I'm trying to focus and a text comes asking who picks up the model or who brings the lights. Incessantly, more text messages come during the program. Who is bringing their cars? Who is riding with who? Want to teach photography in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde?
In the barrage of text messages an odd message stood out and time stood still. My heart and mind snapped into attention.
The meeting eventually ended. There was a potluck meal, stories shared and when all the pleasantries and greetings were done, I walked up to the academic dean and told him that I will be selling a lot of my theology books--I do not need them anymore. We he or the school want some or all of them?
Subsequently, after the dust settled and the paperwork done, I am not part of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde's A.B. Photography program.