ERIC Number: EJ934721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 0
A Lever for Life: How I Lost 150 Pounds and Learned the Catalytic Power of School Community
Ebner, Steven J.
Independent School, v70 n3 Spr 2011
The quotation, attributed to the Greek mathematician Archimedes, about the power of levers to move the world has been quoted many times with slight variations, but usually the point is the same: "With the right lever, one can move the earth." However, the actual quotation attributed to Archimedes comes in the writings of another Greek mathematician, Pappus of Alexandria, and this attribution is different and more substantial than any modern formulations. The specific wording from this ancient source offers a crucial corrective to the watered-down forms of the phrase found in modern speech. According to Pappus, Archimedes actually said, "Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the earth." The lesson is clear: it is not a lever alone that moves the earth, but rather a lever utilized by one who has first found a solid place to stand. People cannot leverage any idea or initiative in their lives or in their work without first finding a solid stage of conviction on which to commit themselves to movement and change. Schools that dream, change, and grow inspire their community members of all ages to dream, change, and grow. They need each other. In this article, the author describes how his school's solid soul helped him to make major changes in his health and life. And this personal transformation has inspired him to give back to the school more than ever and add his mission-inspired life as a stronger brick in the base of the school's sacred ground.
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Life Style, Obesity, Work Environment, Social Support Groups, Health Promotion, Quality of Working Life, School Culture, Change, Motivation, Private Schools, Self Efficacy, Collegiality, Lawyers, Career Change, Teaching (Occupation)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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