Life Lessons


I recently found this quote which I absolutely love, by Charles. R. Swindoll:

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.....[a school]. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes

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Below is a series of Life Lessons that I created for my Grade 9/10 learners.

LIFE LESSON #1: Direction

YOU choose where your life is going...not your parents, not your teachers, but YOU! If you decide that you want to be an astronaut, YOU get there, or you die trying. 

Think about what that means for a second ... you can be anything that you set your mind to be. If that is hard to visualise, respect yourself enough to paint that picture in your head and to dream, then to make it happen ... little by little, day by day.

Remember the poster up on our classroom wall? 'Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day by day.'

If you can see it, you can dream it!

Go and make a vision board - cut out pictures of your dreams and wishes for the future - make a collage of all of your dreams and wishes and stick it on your bedroom wall where you will see it everyday. Read it aloud to yourself every day. Live your dreams in this way and you will realise your dreams.

Example from Google:




Who has the courage to show us their vision boards? Email a photo of your vision board to me (kcanley@gmail.com) and I'll upload it here :)


Here are some motivational quotes to get you going :) 

Have a great week further :)





And finally because you can never have too much Dr Seuss....



LIFE LESSON 2: Don't be too hard on yourself

We are usually our harshest critic. But really, how can we learn if we don't burn our fingers trying every now and again? We are so quick to attack ourselves when we do something badly, but how often do we stop and praise ourselves for doing something well? 
#Somethingtothinkabout







An AMAZING video about following your dream, not what others tell you to do!





Dear Brave Souls: One of these children will grow up to be brilliant. The rest already are. 

Actually, all the children are brilliant just by being the great hearts they are. The greater part of 'education' is to keep the fire alive in all children, to not define slowness as stupidity, but rather as carefulness and care in learning... to not define subject preferences as a child being one-sided, but as the talent of focus that will be guided to greater and good uses. 

At least half the failure of children in any education system can be laid directly at the feet of those who douse the child's early creativity, explorations, veerings, obcessions, eccentricities.

That they survive us who know so much about much, and sometimes remember so little about the wingspread of a child. 

Let us Bless all creatures great and small... and Spread the word. 

WIth love,














Dear Brave Souls: 

One of these children will grow up to be 
brilliant. The rest already are. 

Actually, all the children are brilliant just by being the great hearts they are. The greater part of 'education' is to keep the fire alive in all children, to not define slowness as stupidity, but rather as carefulness and care in learning... to not define subject preferences as a child being one-sided, but as the talent of focus that will be guided to greater and good uses.

At least half the failure of children in any education system can be laid directly at the feet of those who douse the child's early creativity, explorations, veerings, obsessions, eccentricities.

That they survive us who know so much about much, and sometimes remember so little about the wingspread of a child.

Let us Bless all creatures great and small... and Spread the word. 

Extracted from
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes' facebook page - it really is an inspirational platform - go and have a look!

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I remember sourcing poems for my Grade 9s when I left teaching. I found them the other day, and thought it fitting to share them here too.

The Guy In The Glass..
When you get what you want in your struggle for self, 
And the world makes you King for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself, 
And see what that guy has to say.
For it isn't your Father or Mother or Wife, 
Who judgement upon you must pass. 
The feller whose verdict counts most in your life 
Is the guy staring back from the glass.
He's the feller to please, never mind all the rest, 
For he's with you clear up to the end, 
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test 
If the guy in the glass is your friend.
You may be like Jack Horner and "chisel" a plum, 
And think you're a wonderful guy, 
But the man in the glass says you're only a bum 
If you can't look him straight in the eye.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years, 
And get pats on the back as you pass, 
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears 
If you've cheated the guy in the glass.

                                                          - Dale Wimbrow.
Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann c.1920


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?... Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do... It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
 - extract from the book A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

If...
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too 
good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master,
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you
can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose,
and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor
loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
Rudyard Kipling 


and my absolute favourite:

Success:

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded."
-          RalphWaldoEmerson

2 comments:

  1. You've got me in tears now Casey... the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling is very special to me personally. Was great to find it on your blog <3

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    1. It's definitely one of my favourites too! x

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