The Program Journey

January 25, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I love the feeling of putting the kit bags in the car ready for the program that day. The kit bags contain those magical props and activity equipment that foster the engagement, curiosity, teamwork, reflection and depth for the experiential learning that will take place. I am constantly in awe of what’s possible to achieve with no prop or low prop experiential games and activities. It is inspiring for me as a facilitator as well as a powerful reminder for the participant.

“People overestimate the pleasure they’ll get from having more stuff.  This does
not apply to new rose bushes, crayons, or yarn stashes”  ~Dr. SunWolf

So often when I am talking with participants about what they enjoyed most during the program, they will point out their favourite experience or game. They relate it to a strong connection and message they took away in relation to the themes we were exploring but also because of the feelings of fun and engagement. On many occasions particpants will remark how they enjoyed working with others who they don’t usually spend time with and what the ingredients for success were. When we delve a little deeper into the conversation I ask what did we need as equipment? Most times it is ‘not very much’ or ‘nothing at all’ – apart from a positive attitude, support from others and an openness to exploring the possibilities, discovering potential and acting authentically.

“Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open” ~James Dewar

The ‘stuff’ we have in our lives does not equal fun, fulfilment and engagement. It is the deepening of connection to self, others and the world around us where we experience these feelings. Within each moment we can choose to foster thoughts, words and actions that further connection. This provides us with many and varied opportunities where we glimpse and experience potential, both individual and shared. These moments are when we are filled with energy, purpose and a strong belief in self and others. This is important to focus on, especially within the busyness of our 21st Century world, reconnecting with what is real for us as individuals and the positive difference we can make in our own and others lives.

“Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people’s lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure.” ~Stephen Covey

Throughout our programs we are providing an opportunity for participants to explore the possibilities, discover their potential and act authentically. It is a journey that is experiential, just like life. It is a journey that is filled with successes and challenges, just like life. It is a journey that is fun, just like life. It is a journey that is surrounded by inspiring individuals who provide support, encouragement, different perspectives and opportunities to learn, just like life. It is a journey that is reflective, just like life. And most important it is a journey that honours each individual, the unique gifts, talents and potential that are brought into each interaction and experience, each individuals ability to ‘be the change they wish to see in the world’.

We will continue to journey towards our vision of informed, connected and empowered individuals believing deeply in their own and others potential. Having lots of fun along the way…

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand” ~Confucius

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Lessons Learnt

January 11, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“… give me the strength to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

– Unknown

Who has it been for you? Which individuals or groups of people in your life have positively impacted your journey of potential?

Maybe it was a teacher at school like in the video above, maybe it was or is a coach or mentor, maybe a family member, or another inspiring person in your network who you are connected with now or as you were growing up. Years later you can probably still remember clearly lessons that were learnt through interacting with these people. When we experience success or challenges throughout our journey we reflect back on their thoughts, words or actions. This reflection can affirm the effort and belief that was required or gives us strength and courage to keep going.

We reconnect with these people at various times in our lives to share our joy or struggles. Even if we don’t see them for very long periods of time, their influence travels with us. Their impact could be the drive or passion they ignited in you to achieve a dream, or how they made you feel through experiences that connected deep to your authenticity, or the empathy and care shown as you navigate life’s successes and challenges.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou

Watching this powerful video this week I reflected on the inspiring teachers, mentors, family, friends and others that have taught me valuable lessons throughout my life. Life is experiential, opportunities to learn by doing with reflection. Some lessons we learn may be uncomfortable at the time but can be important pieces of the puzzle as we endeavour to make a difference within the global village. Remain open to opportunities and our ability to connect.

This story of Mr. Wright in the attached video takes us into his classroom as well as his home. His courage to connect, to self, others and the world around him allows for the positive impact he is having as an educator as well as a father. Life is a vulnerable journey. By telling our story through our thoughts, words and actions, honouring the gifts, talents, experiences, successes and challenges, we can inspire others to do the same. We never stop learning, as long as we reflect on the experiences that make up our days.

“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.”

– Plutarch

I hope you are able to do the same from watching this video. Reflect on all those people and experiences that make up the collage of your life, reconnect with those moments, or lessons, that empower your daily thoughts, words and actions. Thanks to all the incredible people who have and are inspiring my collage, and all those who will influence it into the future.

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”

– Chinese Proverb

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