|Dear Multilingual Living Friends,
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This week our friend Mel from Tasmania was visiting. She is always an inspiration to my husband and me even though we often end up talking about our frustrations: global warming, the American health care system (or lack thereof), the spread of GMOs, and a whole list of topics that make us anxious and angry. Mel worked for many years for the Union of Concerned Scientists and just recently returned from a research stint in Antarctica. She has seen much of our world and knows more than many of us would care to know about its continual destruction.
One of reasons that Mel is such an inspiration is because she works tirelessly doing research and getting the word out about how to protect our earth despite the fact that very little seems to be done about it. It is a daily uphill battle with hardly ever a thank you in return.
In Mel I see the degree to which motivation, inspiration and a sense of purpose can keep us humans going. Mel wouldn’t be able to continue doing what she is doing without these. Day in and day out she witnesses intimately the destruction of our environment, yet she is also able to laugh with her friends and recharge herself with yoga and meditation. It is a balancing act of grand proportions.
Spending time with Mel reminds me to ask myself: What do I do to keep myself balanced, motivated, inspired and recharged?
How do you stay motivated and inspired in your multilingual parenting journey? How do you keep your language(s) alive and stay on track learning a new one? Have you found ways to recharge so that you can continue what you are doing day after day without becoming bored or frustrated or demoralized?
Even if others don’t value what we are doing, even if our children refuse to speak our language, even if we feel that all of our efforts are hopeless, there is still no reason to give it up. At the very least, we can do it for ourselves. We can enjoy the process even if it seems like our multilingual world is crumbling around us. In fact, the truth is that in the end we are the ones who thrive the most in our linguistic journey. Shouldn’t that be reason enough?
Many Warm Wishes from Seattle,
Founder, Multilingual Living