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.

Our spirits need to rise up…​

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I have been absent from blogging for a while because I moved, started my second book, and have been disturbed by what is going on in my country.   Today another school shooting occurred.   Fear is becoming a way of life for so many children.   Right now the only thing I feel I can do is to pray for the children, families and all that are affected by each shooting.  I can also send hopeful, loving energy to all of us.  Finally, I will not sit quietly when conversations occur about what is happening in the  White House, gun control, and anything that challenges the compassionate part of our human race.  We are spiritual beings having a human experience and the spiritualness of each of us needs to rise up like the phoenix and spread its wings of compassion over this country and this planet.

Schools Need it More Than Ever!!

I have had to pause with my writing for a while because my emotions have been all over the place since the school shootings in Florida.  The school is about 30 minutes from where I live.  I have had to stop my car and let funeral processions for some of the victims go by.  I have spoken to people who knew the teachers or students.  It is more real to me since I live here. teacher and students

My first thought is that schools need to implement from the youngest age The Inner Essence Project or some program that teaches compassion and cooperation.   There is such a great need for love, compassion, community, and cooperation in our schools among the teachers, staff, and students.  If we can begin teaching children compassion and how to monitor their behaviors and emotions they will become healthier as they grow older.  They will be able to support each other and know when their support is not enough and let a professional know.Teacher with children in classroom, boys and girls in school

Children are the future and teachers and the ones to lead and educate them as to how to be loving, happy, and compassionate members of a community.   I do not understand why teachers are paid so poorly given their enormous responsibility.  I know many teachers who have to take a 2nd or 3rd job to make ends meet.  This is not right.

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There is so much wrong with our educational system but the respect and recognition that teachers receive are the worst.  The average starting teacher salary is $36,000.  The average highest paying teacher salary is $56,000.  This is so wrong.  These men and women are educating and, now protecting, our children.  They are forming the future of our country.

When I went to India teachers were deeply respected and honored.  When they learned I was a teacher they put their hands together and bowed as if they were in the company of someone great. indian woman namaste Yes, teachers are considered great in India and other countries.  But, here, they are at the bottom of the professional pay scale and often with little respect.

This has been my “soapbox” for a while.  I don’t understand how a country can think so little of teachers and students to not immediately ban weapons of war.  To me, this is a no-brainer.

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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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