Category: Emotional Health

RISK

RISK

 

 

I am taking some risks lately and am reminded of this wonderful poem by William Ward.   It supports the Five Laws of Life (Living From Your Heart) that I practice daily and my choices throughout this time of my life.    I thought it might be relevant to you.  

 RISK

To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach out to another is to risk involvement,

To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.

To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return,

To live is to risk dying,

To hope is to risk despair,

To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken because the greatest   hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.

He may avoid suffering and sorrow,

But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.

Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.

Only a person who risks is free.

The pessimist complains about the wind;

The optimist expects it to change;

And the realist adjusts the sails.

-William Arthur Ward

 

I NEEDED AN ADJUSTMENT

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My body, mind, and soul have not been great the last few weeks.  I returned from a 16-day trip and got a bad cold.  I had lots of work to do but no energy to do anything but stay in bed.    I had not been to the ocean for over 2 months and I was really feeling the need for an “adjustment.”  So, today, I went to the ocean and relaxed in the water, soaking up all of its healing qualities.  I swam a little and floated on my back letting the waves rock me.  The feeling of the sun on my face and my body caused me to smile inside and out.  I was healing.  My “adjustment” was just what I needed.  The ocean is my healer.

Now, I am back home with a new joie de vivre.  My joy, energy, and excitement for life are back and my body is well.

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What I Learned From My Trip

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My daughter and I took a trip to parts of Europe for 16 days.  It was an unforgettable trip.  I saw and learned many things. Eiffel Tower  One of the wonderful insights that I became aware of is that we all are the same.  I was around people from all parts of the world.  We are the same.  We may be on different journeys but we are no different than each other.  Each of us has a family, dreams, fears, and desires. I saw some beautiful clothes that I had never seen before.  I smelled and tasted foods that were foreign to me.  I heard melodic languages from all parts of the world.  The one common characteristic that I noticed was the smile.  We all do it and it means the same in every culture.

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Sometimes when we are in our comfort zone and the people around us are our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers we forget that there are so many other people in the world with different cultures (foods, beliefs, transportation, clothing etc.).   Mont St. Michel 2On my trip, I saw such a variety of cultures that my eyes were open again to the fact that we are all the same.  We are all spirits on this human journey.

I hope that I can hold on to this awareness until my next international trip.  Until then I will smile as much as I can.

They are the Future

My strong opinion about children is that THEY ARE THE FUTURE and we need to carefully and intentionally let them develop into the person they are meant to be – spiritually,  emotionally and intellectually.  I believe that we need to honor each of their individual stages by recognizing them and allowing the time needed to develop their social, emotional, and intellectual skills.  Each child has a learning style preference that we need to be aware of and used when with them.  Some children are more visual or more auditory.  Some children prefer to learn things sequentially and other prefer to have all the information at once.  teacher

It is our duties as parents, teachers, grandparents and so on to acknowledge children’s preferences and allow them to move through their day, especially at school, as comfortable and successful as possible.

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I am developing this site to support anyone who interacts with children whether a parent, grandparent, teacher and so on.  I will break my information down into Social/Emotional, Academic, and Other.

If you have any questions or topics you would like me to address please comment below and I will make sure to address them.

 

I am looking forward to connecting with you.Girl Happy Outdoor Happy Kid Happy Kids Playing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine

 

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