Category: Thoughts (page 2 of 16)

Writing

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Writing is liberating

Writing is empowering

Writing is fascinating 

Writing is indicating 

Writing is freeing

Writing is motivating 

Writing is inspiring 

Writing is isolating 

Writing is gathering 

Writing is bettering…

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Writing is my way of coping and sometimes a way to keep breathing.

When I write I empty my heart and I put my mind to rest… 

Be wYse,

Reflection

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“We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” – John Dewey

John Dewey, a philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer, stressed the importance of the art of thinking. He said that the essentials of thinking include maintaining a state of doubt and inquiry.

Recently, I have been thinking about this (sens the pun!). I strongly believe that one learns by doing and by living,  but I am certain that one truly learns and grows by reflecting on their own life experiences. Whatever isn’t reflected, isn’t retained.

Reflecting on my life and on my many experiences, wether positive or negative, has helped me gain insight on myself. In a way, it helped me know myself better and it allowed me put many things in perspective by learning to weigh what truly matters and what doesn’t. 

On a daily basis, I try to reflect and weigh the good and the bad and choose what will affect me and my mood and what won’t. I am a firm believer in mind over matter, but that is only the case because I value taking a step back and constantly reflecting on all of the positive around me. To ensure that I take away the most out of every experience. I reflect by writing because it was the only way to empty the many many thoughts out of my head. When I write it’s like having a conversation with myself but many times it’s also a source of relief … it sometimes feels like someone is listening to each word jotted down. Writing helps me see clearly, listen to my inner voice and mainly its my way of processing anything that comes my way. 

 I value Dewey’s statement as I know that reflecting leads to personal growth. I love these moments where I let my mind float and my hand write (or type) …it simply enriches my life. 

Be wYse,

Sometimes I’m SILLY :)

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Sometimes I’m SILLY 🙂

I dance in the kitchen… not well I can assure you.

I walk down my hallway as if it’s a runway walk…

I sing in the car as if I have a microphone… I know you other drivers see me, but I don’t care!

I watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S and take on one of the characters’ role and say ALL of his/her lines.

I turn towards the board in my classroom, NOT facing my students and just laugh quietly because what they said is just THE best (either hilarious or sooo cute).

When ordering my coffee at the drive through (& I’m alone in the car), I take on an accent. (Love to say “cawffee” like they do in New-York or Boston).

When I walk around the block I count the sidewalk lines or sometimes I still try not to step on the line.

During the Fall season, I purposefully try to crush the leaves because I love the sound it makes.

I talk to myself all the time… I even make myself laugh at times!

I walk into things sometimes…ok often! Im clumsy 🙂

I find some words funny.

When I am the passenger in a car, I often find myself reading the names aloud of some streets or shops and when I realize that I am doing so, I always tell myself “why do I do that?”.

When asked to sign a package I sign as Regina Phalange!

At Starbucks, I give out a fake name that is funny or that I find does not suit me. (Just for kicks!)

I love to use puns … I even laugh or smirk before saying them.

When writing “Wednesday,” I still think of it as “Wed-nes-day.”

I have some car dance moves… again nothing impressive, but good enough to make one/me smile.

Before asking a question, I often ask “can I ask you a question?”

I love to speak with a British accent at recite some classic lignes from Harry Potter.

I laugh for no apparent reason… sometimes a serious case of giggles!

Being silly and goofy is way more fun and believe it or not, its kind of therapeutic. It makes me able to laugh at myself, it allows me to enjoy the small things that often go unnoticed and some of these things … well they make me me! 

Be wYse,

The mind

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“The mind is like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand” – Idowy Koyenikan

Lately it has been difficult for me to set my mind towards a positive mindset. I have been feeling overwhelmed for various reasons and some unknown ones. For now and I have been finding it hard to accept that I am feeling this way. Today, when I saw this quote, I thought it was pretty well said. The mind is a muscle and just like when you stop exercising your muscles shrink, well so does the mind. The mind fascinates me, but altering the way we think, is most certainly challenging. However, it is doable and to do so I will try to remember to light my mind up as much as I can because it is always worth it to experience the power of MIND / MATTER. 

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Recently, I was given a great book of poetry by Emily Dickenson and I remembered that I had read this poem about the mind a little while ago.

Here it is: 

A Thought went up my mind today
A Thought went up my mind today —
That I have had before —
But did not finish — some way back —
I could not fix the Year —
Nor where it went — nor why it came
The second time to me —
Nor definitely, what it was —
Have I the Art to say —
But somewhere — in my Soul — I know —
I’ve met the Thing before —
It just reminded me — ’twas all —

And came my way no more —

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Be wYse,

Perception

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Perception is reality. If you are perceived to be something, you might as well be it because that’s the truth in people’s minds. – Steve Young 

One has not only an ability to perceive the world but an ability to alter one’s perception of it; more simply, one can change things by the manner in which one looks at them. – Tom Robbins 

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. – Robertson Davies

If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion and this can lead to new ideas. – Edward de Bono

Perception is demonstrably an active rather than a passive process; it constructs rather than records ‘reality’.- Michael Michalko

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A perception may be a deception, 

a mistaken notion, 

or even a misconception. 

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A perception may be your own reflection, 

 a bad reaction, 

or even an assumption. 

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A perception can be an obsession, 

a wrong direction, 

or even a misinterpretation. 

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A perception may be a distortion,

a complexion,

or even a type of confusion. 

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A perception can be many things, so take the time to make the right distinctions and be objective prior to your judgement. – Sarah Suissa

Be wYse,

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