Thursday, January 28, 2010

Reliving the memories...

Today I relived the memories of the fun times I had many years ago at Luna Park, although this time I arrive back with another community group. This time it was with the EYC (Ethic Youth Council) and the bunch of great young people who went camping with me the other weekend.

Anyways, I wanted to briefly share my story at Luna Park, for those who missed out on me telling it to those at the Australia Day breakfast (and of course for those who just want to read about it all again).

It was basically a time when I was young and experienced a great and fun day in my childhood, one that will be a memory that will stay on with me forever. I was 7 or 8 then, at Luna Park where there were rides, food, drinking and just hanging out with a bunch of other fellow kids. I still remember the creepy skeleton from the scary ghost ride that tapped one of the kids on the shoulder and frightened him like no tomorrow on the cart... It was no doubt an experience that I will cherish and remember forever, and I have...

What made the experience really special, and no doubt, it is something that has helped lead and motivate me to where I am in my volunteering initiatives is that it was run by the Lions Club, and so, I have always wanted to help recreate and share that experience with others. Coincidently the YMCA was there at the same time organising such a day for bushfire affected kids.

Now, the challenge or goal that I would like you to think about is whether you believe that you too could create an opportunity for others that they could cherish for a lifetime, as I know there is always something no matter how small it may seem at the time that will always help to inspire and influence the lives of those around someone did for me...


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Transcends yourself and you will find yourself...

I was watching a DVD on Hilary Clinton's life the other day and I got out of it three key messages in a final speech she made to a large group of university students that has stuck in my mind which I would like to share with you all:
  • Care about something that you needn't bother with at all.
  • Throw yourself into the world and make your voice count.
  • Forge an identity that transcends yourself and you will find yourself...
I really like the last one as it is talking about trying to find something that forms part of your identify, something inside yourself, which I envision as your passion. Through realising your potential and expressing it through your passion, you will find yourself!

The art of reflective learning

Confucius said, by three methods we may learn wisdom;
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and
third by experience, which is bitterest.

Relectere, in Latin means to bend back, which is where the term reflection is derived from. It is through reflective learning that we aim to bend what we experienced back into our thoughts; and more than seeing only what is in front of us, we also want to see what might be in front of us, and what should be in front of us.

Reflective learning facilitates the linking of theory and practice, and develops the ability for critical evaluation.

For reflective learning to be effective, it must cater for each of these aspects of learning, this can be thought of as a cycle;
As individuals, we ask ourselves the question: what do I know?
Then, what do I need to know?
Next, how well do I understand what I think I know?
Then, What more do I need to know? Where does my learning go from here?

(Source: ACS Education - CPEP)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Happiness lies not in the mere possessions of many...

'Happiness lies not in the mere possessions of many; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort' - Franklin Delino Roosevelt

A great quote that illustrates how happiness is found not in the pursuit materialistic possessions such as money, as it may seen in our society today but in earning, achieving and succeeding in trying, whether we earn a bronze, silver, gold or have just simply completed a race. The main thing is having had enjoyed the experience of working towards a goal and doing your own personal best at it. As the true prize of anything in life can only be truly earned if you truly believe in it inside and that you have succeeded in giving it all you've got. You may have even tried different training or techniques or thinking that may have enthrilled you in your efforts.