Motivational Friday: You Fill Up My Senses

The younger folks who read this blog will make fun of me for this. But I really needed this song this morning.

Sometimes the greatest things in life are completely free. I particularly like this song because he sings it beautifully in Spanish at the end and it is just beautiful. The beauty of wanting to communicate, no matter the language.

And I contemplate just the beauty of love. The greatness of my own husband. The beauty of seeing my three children and four nieces and nephews make sugar cookies last night. The beauty of enjoying a great laugh with my students in the midst of pushing ourselves past what we can do.

Sometimes my senses are full and it is a great thing.

Good morning world!


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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Mr. Moses December 14, 2007 - 3:43 pm

This was wonderful this morning as I started my day. Thanks for your uplifting post and posi point of view. :)

Karyn Romeis December 14, 2007 - 6:37 pm

I’ve never really been a country music fan and most Denver stuff does nothing for me, but this song has always touched a chord. Perhaps becuase I’m such a sucker for a soppy-yet-believable love story! Perhaps because of the first person love it expresses and the gratitude for love returned. How tragic that he died before his time!

Rory December 15, 2007 - 12:50 am

Thanks for posting this – wonderful. I forgot how much I liked the song (and still do).
You should definitely check out Anuna’s version – with Michael and John McGlynn singing it in duet. It’s part of their recent Celtic Origins.

Stephen Rahn December 15, 2007 - 3:40 am

I love John Denver!!

Carolyn Foote December 22, 2007 - 1:59 pm


I was browsing through your blog this morning looking for a link, and stumbled over this. I’m sitting here feeling a little stupid because it just completely swept over me and I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes.

I don’t have many “idols” but John Denver was mine. I had never seen him in concert though I had loved his music when I was a teenager.

When his last tour came through town, on a total whim, an hour before his show, I decided to go see him. Through luck, I ended up finding an empty seat in the 2nd row.

The concert was incredible. I had forgotten over the years how much I had loved his music and how much it had meant to me.

He died in a plane crash two days after I saw him.

I’ve often thought about that–how a happenstance decision led me to an experience that I now am so happy to have had. And how we need to appreciate things.

Seeing this beautiful rendition reminded me of all of that and it really touched me and stopped me in my tracks.

So thank you.

(and now my secret it out….!)

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