Monday, June 30, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
How will you measure your success in life? Will it be by how much you have acquired materialistically? Whatever your answer is, here's an idea. Think about the people around you. How many laughs and smiles have you enabled people to have? I always appreciate it when someone makes me laugh or smile and I bet everyone else does too. So you can include that in your list of goals.
The following are some ways to engage your children in summer day programs:
- Ask them what types of games they like to play
- Ask them to give you a list of their favorite songs
The above 3 points can help you find ways to connect and have a great time engaging children in summer day programs or even during the regular school year. Just remember that the curriculum is not there for you to smile over but for them to smile back to.
- Ask them what activities they enjoy the most and why
For those who have had worked with children in variety of settings this might be nothing new. Anyway, it might be new to some others. There are 2 types of noise. The type of noise that is disruptive and disrespectful while the other is that full of laughter, smiles, and learning. Overcome the former by fostering the latter in every way possible. Engage your children to the maximum. That is all.
One child in my class today prayed that his dad would stop working long hours and stay home more often. He's only like 7 so it blew my mind that he was bold to include a personal aspect of his life in an opening prayer. Well children surprise me everyday and I realized that I might need to be a parental figure for some of the children this summer.
Do not ever underestimate the influence that you have as a leader. There are even times that people will blindly follow your vision. So you better make sure that the vision is big enough for them to make it their own and expand it.
Being analytical is a great strength that can also sometimes be a hidden weakness. Do you know why? Well it can sometimes make you keen at finding faults and sometimes placing yourself far away from the blame. So guess what? Be analytical and accountable to balance your strength.
Most of the times we see what we want to. There is a time that you need to see things for what they truly are. And, sometimes you will need another set of eyes to help open your eyes.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Have you ever been on a roller coaster when you are in the midst of something new? If so then just hold on and out of those ups and downs, your fearlessness will enable you to enjoy the ride and make something out of the entire journey.
Hey again everyone! Guess what I am busy again but as I promised I will share some food for thought. And, my musings are from Sade's music again. I love her old song called "Keep Looking". Why? Because it's all about being confident and positive. Basically, forget the naysayers. It may not be easy but keep looking.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Have you ever listened to Sade? She has a lot of thought provoking and relaxing songs. I am really digging her song "King of Sorrow". Why? Because it talks about patterns. The patterns in life and how we sometimes go through life lifelessly.
Try to do as much as you can when exploring your career path so you can know the following?
The above are some things that can highly influence your experience at work.
- Do you like being your own boss?
- How do you react to indecisiveness at work?
- Do you like to do things by the book?
- Do you prefer consistency or change or a balance?
Don't ignore your feelings when you are faced with new or old situations. You might try to but they are stronger than you think. You aren't an animal who can't necessarily be a judge of their feelings. I mean even animals use their feelings/senses pretty well. What about us?
Have you ever been in a teacher's shoes?Let's talk about being entrusted with the futures of countless children in one of the most vulnerable stages of their lives. Let's talk about having the opportunity to be a major influencer. Think about teachers for a second.
Sometimes all you want to do is the big thing in order to make a difference while you should be focusing on the daily little things. Those little things can at times amount into the one big thing you want and need.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Sometimes you have to stand in the fire and hold on even when nothing makes sense. Why? Because you are courageous and believe that something worthwhile will come out of the entire challenging ordeal.
Sometimes all you need is the willpower to change whatever is in front of you. It might have never be done and that means you can be the trailblazer. Be quick to learn and don't fall in the cycle of complaining. No more backward thinking.
Watch the faces of those around you. Do they smile or frown when you enter the room? You have the ability through reading their faces to create more smiles and laughter than the contrary wherever you go.
Sometimes it's not about what you are doing or not doing do but simply your attitude. Your attitude can be the difference between a smile or a frown on someone's face. You can choose to be a thermostat instead of a thermometer.
The majority of the posts this summer will fall under Pieces of Thoughts. This means that the posts will be shorter and open to more interpretation. I have a busier schedule this summer and I thought that making the posts shorter would ensure that you all can still receive frequent posts.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
People will let you see their surfaces for the most part. What about their inner stories? Those stories will only be shared with those who dare to go beyond the masks worn by many. Will you dare to unmask yourself or someone else today? Just be wise before you do because you don't have to share your entire life story in 1 day. Take it easy!
Do you remember your first roommate? What do you remember about them the most? I remember a couple of mine and I can list what I fondly remember about them:
Soooo I realized that I forgot some of my roommates from high school so I will have to let it go. Nevertheless, some of the people that I've stayed with for extended periods have broadened my perspective on life through the things that they did or did not do. Our lives are truly indeed letters to be read.
- Sense of humour
- Sense of humour