In today’s post we’re turning away from the negativity that’s been around this past week – the disturbing news about what our dear Secretary of State for education is doing or planning to do to the curriculum, the examination system, the teaching of reading & literacy, and so on. Here’s a prime example of someone with a head full of half-baked ideas, phoney understanding and an excessive pride in his own intellect and opinions, with a soul full of personal ambition and puffed-up vanity. He was pretty unspeakable when in opposition to the government, and now he’s in power he’s downright dangerous, and a menace to the entire school system, if not society in general.
So, with that out of the way, let’s take a look at some extremely positive thoughts. This morning I came across the latest post from Gina’s Professions for PEACE – Musings on Life, Love and Peace. [http://professionsforpeace.com/]
I must remember how important every voice is, or I lose hope. I begin to feel disheartened that little ol’ me cannot make a difference. But that is not the truth. So I shake off that falseness, and I claim my rightful place in the choir. A choir of global peace-seekers and light-workers.
Every writer sharing their truth and their journey. Every poet capturing beauty and longing for more. Every photographer looking deeply at the world and endeavoring to share their view. Every musician who captures those elusive notes from within their heart. Every artist using color, cloth, metal, ink, clay, paint and more to share the beauty bursting out from within them. Every chef who creatively combines foods and flavors, bringing out depths and heights for our taste buds and joy. Every neighbor with a smile. Every volunteering pilot. Every caring teacher. Every kind clerk. Every friendly bus-driver. Every compassionate doctor. Every loving human. We are all essential to the choir.
Gina also posted this photograph
Gina describes herself as a spiritual philosopher. “I celebrate the precious common thread woven through all the world’s great religions that encourages us to Love. My spiritual journey and goal of each day is to remember how loved I am and to share that love outwardly. It is my intention to offer thought-provoking ideas that foster joy, hope, and inspiration.”
My favourite blog writers are those who care about the state of the world and try to make a difference in any way possible, large or small. They’re individuals who remind us to remind ourselves that life is an incredible gift that we should appreciate and cherish, as is the amazing planet we inhabit. Let’s all remind ourselves of the importance of spiritual intelligence, and continue to work individually and collectively to nurture it in ourselves and in places such as our homes and our schools where the seeds of spiritual intelligence and creativity can grow strongly if properly cared for.
Gina’s post goes on to say
This post celebrates the fact that we may be only one but together we make an impact! As an anonymous writer observed, “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.” As someone who lives in a northern clime I have seen the spectacular beauty of tiny snowflakes drifting down, landing on backlit glass to show off their intricate designs before melting. And I have also been snowed-in by blizzards and witnessed the power of those tiny snowflakes banding together. Let us all band together. Let us all remember that every voice makes a difference. Do what you can. Sing out and add your own voice to the choir.
This sums up what we at 3Di are forever saying about the importance of children & young people finding & developing their personal ‘voice’ – which is an aspect of what we call ‘personal intelligence’ – the part of our brain that enables us to know ourselves, and our strengths, weaknesses and enthusiasms. The tragedy is that our training for teachers for the most part fails to even mention the importance of voice, creativity and self-expression, let alone trains teachers in how to prioritise and develop our personal and spiritual intelligences.
To finish this piece today, consider these aphorisms quoted by Gina –
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve… You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker. ~Helen Keller
How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world. ~Anne Frank
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ~Kahlil Gibran
Many thanks, Gina, for all these uplifting thoughts on this cool, rainy and blustery summer’s day in London.