The greatest challenge is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Change is a constant

  

To begin a new you must say farewell to who you once were. To open a new door you must close an old one first. That can be heartbreaking and scary, but it is necessary if you are to change and grow. Say goodbye to the old you and rise up as a stronger and more magical you.











Sunday, November 11, 2018

Daniel Goleman on Focus: The Secret to High Performance and Fulfilment



Daniel Goleman on Focus: The Secret to High Performance and Fulfilment



 Psychologist Daniel Goleman shot to fame with his groundbreaking
bestseller
'Emotional Intelligence'. 


The premise of the book, now widely
accepted, is that raw intelligence alone is not a sure predictor of
success in life. 

A greater role is played by 'softer' skills such as
self-control, self-motivation, empathy and good interpersonal
relationships. 

Now Goleman comes to Intelligence Squared for an exclusive talk on the
themes of his latest book, 

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. 

Attention, he will argue, is an underrated asset for high achievers in
any field

Incorporating findings from neuroscience, Goleman will show
why we need three kinds of focus: 


1 = inner, for self-awareness; 

2 = other, for
the empathy that builds effective relationships; and 

4 = outer, for
understanding the larger systems in which organisations operate. 


Those
who excel rely on Smart Practices such as mindfulness meditation,
focused preparation and positive emotions that help improve habits, add
new skills, and sustain excellence.








Filmed at the Royal College of Music on 25th October 2013.








Friday, November 2, 2018

An Evening With Doris Kearns Goodwin


  

An Evening With Doris Kearns Goodwin

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns
Goodwin spoke about her latest book, "Leadership in Turbulent Times," at
the LBJ Presidential Library on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Mark K.
Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation, moderated the
conversation. 

Time stamps
Mark K. Updegrove - 0:00-2:45
Larry Temple - 2:45-12:45
Conversation with Doris Kearns Goodwin - 12:45-end

 The program was part of the Friends of the LBJ Library membership
programming and generously sponsored by St. David's HealthCare, the Ford
Foundation, the Moody Foundation, and Tito's Handmade Vodka.

 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

"Education is a process of living and not a preparation for future living." — John Dewey






"Education [..] is a process of living and not a preparation for future living." — John Dewey



What does education is not preparation for life education is life itself mean?
 
 
John Dewey's full quote is this: "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." 
 
John Dewey was convinced that learning through doing was the best approach to education. ...
 
For Dewey, "experience" is defined as that which people think and perceive through the senses and then act upon.


Education Is Life

Explain the John Dewey quote, "Education is life."

Expert Answers

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator
 
Dewey's statement brings to light the need for real world applications to education.  As a Progressive educator, Dewey understood that education fails students if it does not link what is happening in the classroom to the world outside of it. 

Better than most, Dewey understood the need to bridge theory and practice. 

When Dewey argues the link between the two in "Education is life," he stresses the idea that learning in the classroom setting has to connect to the experience outside of it. 

In this respect, Dewey stands alone because he understood that there is a fluid dynamic to both learning and consciousness and educational philosophy has to embrace both realities:
Life, for Dewey, began and ended in humans’ experiences; that is, humans using appropriate methods could successfully cope with life’s confusing, obscure, and indeterminate situations. The key to coping with such difficulties, Dewey insisted, was using insights to define problems, establishing a set of possible solutions, determining the likely consequences of each possibility, and then evaluating the best possibility through observation and experiment.
The challenges that "life" poses compels Dewey to believe that life and education have to be linked in order to bring out these complexities and unique nuances that will allow learners to navigate these domains with some semblance of success.

 
 
 
John Dewey's full quote is this:
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."
John Dewey was convinced that learning through doing was the best approach to education.

Of course, a free exchange of ideas is part of this learning through doing since people do not learn from experience per se; they learn from reflecting upon their experiences.

For Dewey, "experience" is defined as that which people think and perceive through the senses and then act upon.

Dewey was firmly convinced that education is not a sequence of "telling" about ideas and concepts; instead, it is an active and continual constructive process. 

When students are engaged in experiential learning, they have a personal investment in the process.

Because of this personal stake in the learning process, students are able to connect what they understand with the world around them and be truly educated.

This is much like carrying out an experiment and then reasoning about the outcomes of this experience.

But there is no duality of the person and the environment; instead, the two are inseparable and influence one another.

Thus, life is education, just as education is life.



Ok in short It basically means that in life we never stop learning...











Alice Walker American novelist

 
Alice Walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist. She wrote the novel The Color Purple, for which she won the National Book Award for hardcover fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She also wrote the novels Meridian and The Third Life of Grange Copeland, among other works. Wikipedia
 
 
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
 
I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
 
The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
 
 
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
 
I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
 
Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.
 
Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself.
 
In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.
 
Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister.
 
In search of my mother's garden, I found my own.
 
 
Alice Walker
American novelist
 
  
We can Re-awaken our ability to imagine, pray and desire for our lives - and you “shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” (the Bible, Psalm 1:3)
 
 
 
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.




 
 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Keep the Faith



“Faith is the ‘eternal elixir’ which gives life, power, and action to the impulse of thought.” 

 
Napoleon Hill


Sunday, September 2, 2018

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

- Socrates



"What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step."

- C. S. Lewis   




The greatest challenge is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.













Saturday, September 1, 2018

Adaptation of the Serenity Prayer for ADHD : The insight to prioritize wisely what I want to change



Serenity Prayer: for ADHD


Dr. Edward Hallowell’s adaptation of the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

The insight to prioritize wisely what I want to change;

The patience to resist trying to control everything I could, had I the energy and time;

The courage and skill to change the things I have chosen to change;

And the wisdom to know the differences among all these.

 


Link: https://marlacummins.com/change-how-you-think-about-your-adhd/

The AJ Pedaler - Victoria, British Columbia



 









The AJ Pedaler
Medical Equipment Manufacturer in

Victoria, British Columbia

  

 
The AJ Pedaler 



Link: https://www.facebook.com/extremerhinoceros/



Posted By: Veronica Cooperon: September 01, 2018In: News, Vital People

10 year old Mercy receives her pedal-powered wheelchair, 

the AJ Pedaler

Posted By: Veronica Cooperon: September 01, 2018In: News, Vital People


This is an exciting day for 10-year-old Mercy, and her mom, Michelle Hobby. Mercy has developmental challengs, and is not physically able to walk.  
 
Michelle is a physical therapist, and one day, while she was at work, fate stepped in.  

“Alf turned up at my work one day,” says Michelle. 

‘Alf’ is Alf Todd, who has Parkinson’s disease, and has invented, along with Jeff Lewis, a pedal-powered wheelchair.  
 

 Todd envisioned having a wheelchair he could pedal, because while there are many days when he can barely get out of bed, he’s always been able to get on his bicycle and ride even 20 or 30 kilometers. 

And so he and Lewis invented the “AJ Pedaler”, which is powered by pedals, and steered by handles, thereby exercising all four limbs. 

 “It’s a wonderful invention,” says Michelle, “and I think it will be really great for people with different levels of ability!” Including her dear daughter. “She’ll be able to take this with her assistant, and she’ll be able to go around the playgrounds. 

So for her, that’s great for her heart, and her lungs, and for her bones and her muscles. It’s also great for her mind because she’s able to integrate with the other kids, and that’s awesome!”  

The presentation of Mercy’s new wheels is an emotional day for Todd. “It’s pretty special. We’ve worked hard to get this ready for her. She’s a very special child, and it’s just going to be great therapy for her, and it’s just great watching her.

Lewis heartily agrees. “I can’t say enough about how exciting it was to actually watch her pedal the chair. We didn’t know if she was actually going to be able to, but she pedaled it! 

 This is her first time actually pedaling a bike, and she’s ten! She’s never pedaled a bike, period. So this is fabulous. Her mom was in tears. It was a pretty emotional thing.” 

Hobby wants the two men to know how grateful she is, both for their invention, and the fact that they have given Mercy her AJ Pedaler for free.

Todd thinks back to all the times he rode his bicycle, and longed not to then sit in a wheelchair. “It’s a vision of mine that I’m seeing fulfilled and I just feel so blessed to be a part of it. 

And we look forward to doing many more similar Pedalers for other people with disabilities. Strokes, Parkinsons, whatever… there’s such a broad spectrum of uses for it.” 

This is an exciting day for 10-year-old Mercy, and her mom, Michelle Hobby. 

Mercy has developmental challengs, and is not physically able to walk. “I was trying to think of a way to allow Mercy to be able to exercise,” says Hobby. Michelle is a physical therapist, and one day, while she was at work, fate stepped in. 

 “Alf turned up at my work one day,” says Michelle. ‘Alf’ is Alf Todd, who has Parkinson’s disease, and has invented, along with Jeff Lewis, a pedal-powered wheelchair. 

 “He was driving down the hospital aisles,” Hobby remembers, 
 

 “She’ll be able to take this with her assistant, and she’ll be able to go around the playgrounds. So for her, that’s great for her heart, and her lungs, and for her bones and her muscles. It’s also great for her mind because she’s able to integrate with the other kids, and that’s awesome!” 

 The presentation of Mercy’s new wheels is an emotional day for Todd. “It’s pretty special. We’ve worked hard to get this ready for her. She’s a very special child, and it’s just going to be great therapy for her, and it’s just great watching her.” 


 


Link: https://www.cheknews.ca/10-year-old-mercy-receives-her-pedal-powered-wheelchair-the-aj-pedaler-485280/