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Experiential Learning, Comes From Experience

Cone of Learning

Facts of Life

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are. After that we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.
The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.

One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D Souza. He said, "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."

This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time...and remember that time waits for no one.

So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink, until you've sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy...

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
So People Search for Happiness and not money.

Thought for the day: "Work like you don't need money, Love like you've never been hurt, And dance like no one's watching."

Barack Obama - YES WE CAN

Barack Obama wrote a new chapter into US history on Tuesday becoming the first African-American elected president, capping a stunning rise which in just four years propelled him into the Oval Office.

Invested early on with the mantles of late icons, civil rights leader Martin Luther King and inspirational president John F Kennedy, Democrat Obama has ignited his country and the world with his message of hope, unity and change.

In his acceptance speech to supporters in Chicago, Obama said that a new dawn of American leadership was at hand and stressed the shared destiny of the United States and the rest of the world.

"It's been a long time coming. But tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America," he said in front of a crowd of 65 000 people.

'Bitter-sweet time'
He continued: "All of those watching tonight from beyond our shores, in the parliament and in the palaces, those huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular but our destiny is shared.

"A new dawn of American leadership is at hand," he said to applause.

"To those who would tear the world down, we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security, we support you.

"We have proved that the true strength of our nation comes not from the scale of our wealth but from the power of our ideals - opportunity, democracy, liberty and hope."

He paid tribute to his campaign team, his wife, children and recently deceased grandmother.

'Their names aren't in the newspapers'
"Along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight. I know that my debt to them is beyond measure," he said.

He added: "I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn't start with much money or many endorsements.

"Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington. It began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms and the front porches of Charleston."

When Obama launched what he called his "improbable quest" on the steps of the old state capitol in Springfield, Illinois, in February 2007, he was seen as the rank outsider.

But with unflagging energy and verve, he took on the political establishment, defeating former first lady Hillary Clinton in the party primaries, overturned the perception that America was not ready to vote for a black president, and crushed the weight of the Republican attack machine.

Four short years ago, Obama was just a little-known but charismatic Chicago politician with a ready smile, who wowed the 2004 Democratic convention with a dazzling speech.

"There is not a black America, and white America and Latino America and Asian America - there's the United States of America," he proclaimed then.

It was a message he has used to ignite a new fervor and excitement in a country angered by the economic crisis which has dragged down the world's top economy and sickened by the Iraq war.

In defying the odds, the 47-year-old Illinois senator has reshaped conventional wisdom on how to pay for a successful White House bid by harnessing the Internet as a powerful fund-raising tool.

His campaign also put together a formidable grass-roots organisation, especially in key battleground states, which in the end gave him an unstoppable momentum towards the White House.

The son of a Kenyan father and a white mother from Kansas, Obama has sought to rise above the issue of race and project himself as the candidate for all Americans.

But his victory on Tuesday will remain bittersweet for Obama, after the woman who raised him to believe he would be whatever he wanted to be passed away just hours before his crowning moment.

His white maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, whom he called "Toot" lost her battle with cancer in her home on Hawaii, never living to see Obama realize the aspirations of generations.

In a rare show of emotion, from a man who has been seen as cool and collected throughout the gruelling 21-month campaign, tears streamed down Obama's face Monday at a North Carolina rally.

His voice thick with grief, Obama said this was a "bitter-sweet time for me. She is going home".

Obama recapped his grandmother's life from her birth in 1922 and her marriage to his grandfather, their struggles through the Great Depression and with his infant mother through World War II.

"She was one of those quiet heroes that we have all across America," said Obama.

"They're not famous. Their names aren't in the newspapers," he said, vowing to fight for all the country's quiet heroes.

Born in Hawaii on August 4 1961, Obama's path to the White House has not been backed by the privilege and wealth often enjoyed by past candidates.

His father left when he was just two, and the young Obama later moved to Indonesia with his mother, Ann, when she re-married.

He spent several years in Jakarta, before returning to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents when he was in his teens.

After attending Columbia University in New York, Obama went to the elite Harvard Law School, where he was the first black American to be president of the influential Harvard Law Review.

It was while working at a Chicago law firm that he met and then married Michelle, a fellow lawyer, in 1992. The couple has two young daughters, Malia 10, and Sasha, seven.


Become a Lake

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Shabbar Suterwala.

Here is a short story to understand the Pain and Gain Principle. Trust this will help us to understand the difference between the two and help us overcome pains in our lives.

Story – Become a Lake

The old Master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. "How does it taste?" the Master asked. "Terrible," replied the boy.

The Master then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the guy swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the old man said, "Now drink the water from the lake."

As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the Master asked, "How does it taste?" "Good!" remarked the boy. "Do you taste the salt?" asked the Master. "No," said the young man.

The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said," The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the 'pain' depends on the container we put it into.

So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things.....

What is required is to change our paradigm and make a shift in our focus. Too often we are more focused only on the gain, and miss out on the gain.

Stop being a glass. Become a lake! Failure doesn't mean when we fail, but when we don't want to come up again.

Let us sit down and make a List of all our Pains. Also, let us analyze the containers we have been using and how today we can make a shift and gain from it.

"The greatest aim of Education is not Knowledge but ACTION"

Please do share your feedback on the same.

Thanks and Regards

Shabbar Suterwala