Help Needed: Apply Within

February 16, 2015 at 3:15 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.” – Buddha

Many people who I speak to about our L.E.A.D. with Courage™ Program ask why we choose to work with Stage 3 students (Year 5 and 6 in Primary School). There are so many reasons why this program was designed with this age group in mind but one students response on Friday afternoon really reminded me why we engage with, challenge, inspire and feel inspired by this particular stage level. Education is a complex and interdependent journey, with many important pieces of a puzzle supporting students, staff and school communities to achieve the best outcomes for each individual. It is a privilege to support and enrich the learning and leadership journey of Stage 3 students through our L.E.A.D. with Courage™ Program.

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

The afternoon session of the program day provides the participants with the chance to examine a’s behaviours and actions. We use a variety of games, challenges and experiences, with reflections, to highlight and explore this important part of making leadership real each and every day. Each individual and group that we work with is different, resulting in us always being curious to see what connections will be made by the participants on that day. This one particular response on Friday afternoon that I referred to above struck me as being so very important for us as individuals to ‘be the change we wish to see in the world’.

“That game reminded me that it doesn’t matter who you help.” – Year 6 student on Friday afternoon

The other responses before and after this one above were no lesser or better than the one that I have shared. This one though really struck a chord within me and also rippled throughout the group. How often can we get caught up in overthinking ‘helping’, the who, what, where, when, why and how, rather than just connecting to and actioning our capacity to be of help, as was explored by the response from this Year 6 student. Our ability to transition from the head to the heart is a complex and vulnerable journey but if we are truly going to ‘be the change’ and make a difference in our own and others lives it is the journey that opens doors to authentic connection, growth and contribution.

“The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand.” – Robert Valett

Can you think of a time/s when your capacity to be of help was impacted by overthinking the who, what, where, when, why and how? How does this change how we engage, respond and connect when we do help (ourselves or others) from the head instead of the heart? Why is it important to be of help within our spheres of influence and communities? What are the challenges and opportunities that and helping from the heart will present within our journeys of potential?

“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.” – Charles de Lint


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