Just a beautiful photograph to expand our perspective.
Just a beautiful photograph to expand our perspective.
This is a thoughtful piece from the Guardian by Laura Mvula on the need to continue supporting and encouraging a broad base of subjects in school. Especially music.
Those of you who know me will know, I play the guitar, badly, and music is a big part of our family. As we seek sustainable ways of life, creative ways of living will be important and everyone having access to training and opportunity will be essential.
What is more, music is one place we learn grit; practising over time encourages long term vision and practice. Another important factor.
So support the arts in schools, especially music.
Children’s cultural horizons will be limited to the X Factor, says singer and former teacher
Book Review: Grit: the power of passion and perseverance. Angela Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania.
This book is also the subject of a thoughtful TED talk…, “Grit: The power of passion and perseverance.”
I was bought up with the thought, “If at first you don’t succeed; try, try, try again.” I did not release at the time but I was learning to stick at things, to be “gritty”. Why is this important? Many believe that grit is a personal strength that leads to resilience and long term success.
Grit is defined in the Webster dictionary as, “Courage and resolve; strength of character.” That is, gritty people are more likely to continue working hard toward challenging goals. Angela Duckworth finds that “Gritty people” are more likely to succeed academically and professionally. She writes, “… achievement is the product of talent and effort, the latter a function of the intensity, direction, and duration of one’s exertions toward a long term goal.”
In her book, and TED talk, Angela outlines what grit is, how and why grit leads to success and how to encourage development of grit. It’s a useful concept, loved by many. Elizabeth Gilbert author of the best selling book, “Eat, Prey, Love” puts it this way, “Happiness is a consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist on it.” And J.K. Rowling put it, “I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.” Both these successes came after decades of practice. No overnight successes here.
But is this the whole story? I think we must take care. My personal story is that I am successful because I stick to things; however, I am not a secondary teacher because I burned out. Sometimes a strategic retreat is the best thing. Blindly sticking to a dream can be stupid and unhealthy. I like the Law of holes, “When you are in one. Stop digging.”
In New Zealand were encouraged to worship our All Backs. Colin Meads, an All Black Captain, once finished a game with a broken arm. Personally I think that is just stupid. Gritty people are interested in long term success, sometimes that means; stop and reassess the intermediate goal. I am pleased that Angelia does develop this idea in her book, with a chapter on resetting short and intermediate goals but I am not sure if that goes far enough. But I think that sometimes the thing to do is to quit.
There is no sense in beating a dead horse. Balance is always a sensible idea; be gritty, work hard; maybe, even obsessively toward your goals and remember to look after yourself and those you love.
I recommend this book and the TED talk. And I encourage the reader to be ‘gritty’ and to seek balance in your life.
This is a taboo area for me.
I’m nervous about this stuff but as we seek sustainable and beautiful ways of life honest and loving relationships are essential. So we must be more open about our sexuality. What is more, we are increasingly seeing the results of scientific studies that complicate simple (read traditional) views on human sexual behavior.
Why is this important? As a general rule, the more individuals know about sexuality and the more control they have with their sexuality the fewer children they have (sustainability) and the happier they are (beauty).
The conclusion stated below is no surprise to me; and the conclusion is true for men too.
The female orgasm can’t be understood by focusing on a single part of the body, says research.
It is summer here in New Zealand. And many of us are on our holiday. We are getting outside, walking the dog and generally relaxing. Walking, tramping is mind improving.
Get off your computer, go for a walk.
While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your mind, body, and soul, science is now discovering that hiking can actually change your brain… for the better! Hiking In Nature Can Stop Negative, Obsessive Thoughts Aside from the almost instant feeling of calm and contentment that accompanies […]
I find this encouraging, especially at a time when, it seems to me, the forces of destruction are in ascendance. Those of us who seek to build: families, buildings, songs… anything; we fear death less. My view has always been, when we have made the best contribution we can, then we can let go and relax. Satisfied with my work. Clearly, I’m not Bob Dylan, but I am happy to achieve.
What about you, are you happy with your achievements?
Creative people, such as newly-announced Nobel Prize for Literature winner Bob Dylan, are often thought to be motivated by the desire to leave an enduring cultural legacy. Through their creative work, creatives such as Leonard Cohen and David Bowie continue to live on in our culture even after passing away.
Everyone loves a good train wreak. Eric G. Watson.
This book, which I have not read looks fascinating; now on my reading list.
I view curiosity as one of my most important motivators. Why else would I spend so much time studying and teaching, and I am still a “student” on the electoral roll, in part, because I expect to stop exploring a few days before I die.
But curiosity has a dark side; subjects that are dangerous to explore or taboo. We gossip and follow fire trucks; curiosity can take us places we would be better not going. Eric Watson explores this, concluding that an honest look at the dark side: death, failure, accidents and so forth, can rattle our complicity and sense of entitlement, leading to action and a feeling of gratitude, thus helping us on our way. Keeping us humble and human.
Certainly ideas worth exploring.
This is interesting. A mummies head was scanned and her features reconstructed. A fascinating project for the students and scientists involved and great to read. Additionally, she was anaemic probably because of parasites.
Using the latest technology and hours of work, a multi-disciplinary ensemble of researchers has recently “brought back to life” the face of an Egyptian mum
Source: Cross Connect Magazine
Follow the link to see more of these amazing artworks.
This is wonderful. Please take time to listen to a sound of nature. Remember life will prevail on Earth whatever humans do.