Thank God for Tim Minchin. 9 April, 2011Posted by paralleldivergence in God, Humor, Life, My Thoughts, psychics, Religion, Resolutions.
Tags: don miguel ruiz, Life, philosophy, tim minchin
…and Don Miguel Ruiz. I’ve now been living my life for many years by following Ruiz’s Four Agreements. First published in 1997, this book helped me to reinforce the logic and way of thinking I’d been developing through my own maturity and put it into four simple concepts that I could follow for life.
Be impeccable with your word – Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Don’t take anything personally – Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
Don’t make assumptions – Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
Always do your best – Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
And another person who appears to live his life according to the same or similar philosophy is Tim Minchin. Today I discovered his newly animated beat-poem called Storm. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
iPad Changes Everything 2 June, 2010Posted by paralleldivergence in apple, education, ICT in Education, Internet, ipad, Life, technology.
Tags: apple, education, ipad, Life, technology
Every so often an invention comes along that is a game changer. Most of the really good ones like the Wheel, Electricity, Light Bulb and Plumbing pre-date me, but I am fortunate to live in a time where the rate of progress now is such that I can witness many of the newest breakthroughs first-hand. Arguably, the Apple iPad is one of these breakthroughs.
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What is the Point of Life? 26 March, 2010Posted by paralleldivergence in afterlife, astronomy, Earth, God, heaven, hell, Life, Religion.
Tags: atheism, Life, philosophy, Religion
Today I received a personal invitation from Aim for Awesome to share my thoughts on “The Point of Life”. Vern said it could be “two sentences, or two pages – up to you”. Anybody who could so profoudly sum up the answer to this question in two sentences is a better person than me. To me, it’s a question that demands respectful consideration.
Lifelong Learning is NOT a 9 to 5 Job 14 June, 2009Posted by paralleldivergence in education, ICT in Education, Internet, Life, technology.
Tags: education, Life, lifelong learning, schools, teaching
Late last year I attended my son’s high school graduation where speech after speech espoused the knowledge and skills that the Class of 2008 have gained over their thirteen years of schooling. As the students prepared for the next phase of their lives, it was heartening to hear that they all had been instilled with the fundamentals of lifelong learning. I wish.
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Why Teachers and Schools Should be Blogging 12 April, 2008Posted by paralleldivergence in blogging, Brad & Phil, children, education, Internet, Life, My Thoughts.
Tags: blogs, education, Life, students, teachers, Web 2.0
MANY of our students leave school in the afternoon and go straight on-line as soon as they get home. They immediately start chatting with their friends on MSN, often holding down multiple conversations at the same time, seamlessly changing subjects and maintaining discussion threads as they swap from one chat window to the next. Their typing speed continually improves and in just one on-line session, they might type more text than they handwrite during their lessons at school in a whole day.