Why does MITM appear at the close of each blog post? I featured and adopted a silly sort of Man In The Moon (MITM) mantra/presence as a core group of us were moving through a leadership transition. The MITM context actually came from a song by Ruth B. titled “Lost Boys” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3m_V1XNPxA. I offered the song to the group as a playful riddle to help them to clarify their changing roles and suggest my own as MITM moving forward.
There was a time when I was alone
Nowhere to go and no place to call home
My only friend was the man in the moon
And even sometimes he would go away, too
The connotation of the MITM clarified for me an opportunity beyond a direct supervision role to continue to offer learning and critical thinking opportunities with reference. The purpose remained clear: continue to learn and apply together to make a real difference with others from our work.
In folk lore that I researched, the moon is largely unattainable, always changing shape, disappearing and reappearing. The moon also serves as a continuous provoker or catalyst for aspirations, while never offering the obvious.
The applied learning blog became the mechanism for communicating in this fashion, therefore I close each post with the originating concept.