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Become as a Child with the Teachable Spirit

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Become as a Child with the Teachable Spirit

Psychologists talk a lot about the pathologies that can grow out of trauma and loss–the chronic fear and anxiety, the guilt and anger, the hopelessness. People with pathologies are, after all, the ones who need help. But in its rush to understand illness, science has given sanity short shrift. Is mental health just an absence of illness, or can we realistically strive for something more? –Geoffrey Cowley (with Anne Underwood) in Newsweek, September 16, 2002. He continues by responding to his own question, Preachers and philosophers have always relished such questions. Now, after a century of near silence, scientists are asking them, too. Words like “optimism” and “contentment” are appearing with ever-greater frequency in mainstream research...

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Pretty in Pink with the Teachable Spirit

»Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pretty in Pink with the Teachable Spirit

What comes to mind when you think of the movie, “Pretty in Pink?” What do you think is the message of that movie? How does the message of the movie relate to the children of Ingrid Education Centre? Reflecting on “Pretty in Pink,” the teachable spirit can acquire a sense of empathy and understanding for individuals experiencing peer pressure, appreciating the courage needed to overcome social prejudice. Recently, I had the opportunity to review John Hughes’ romantic comedy-drama again, reacquainting myself with the characters played by Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, and Jon Cryer. Enjoying the quaintness of this film made in 1986, I appreciated refreshing my memory about: the angst of individuals caught in social situations beyond...

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Perspective with the Teachable Spirit

»Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Perspective with the Teachable Spirit

Perspective is easily gained with a teachable spirit after being exposed to individuals who work very hard in life, but will obviously reach a point where there is a barrier to achieving their dreams. Teaching English as a Second Language at Highline Community College, one of my students was a psychologist who left his office and work in Mexico to come to the U.S. and learn English so that he could return to his country and make a better living. Oscar reflects: When I read about people who worked hard to achieve what they have (for instance, Oscar de la Hoya), I wonder why nobody writes about people who work as hard as “the winners” or even harder and do not have anything. I think it is easier when you are working hard and getting what you work for...

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Jars of Clay with the Teachable Spirit

»Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Jars of Clay with the Teachable Spirit

Do you ever feel as if you are helpless to make any difference in the world? Do you think that with all your skills and abilities, it is just a drop in the bucket compared to the needs of the world? Paul understood that feeling of fragility, referring to the teachable spirit as treasures in jars of clay: But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. II Cor. 4:7 Referencing a story in Judges chapter seven, Paul is thinking about Gideon and his 300 men. For whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them. They would encamp against them and devour the produce of the land, as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel and no...

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The Pigs’ Pajama Party: Laughing with the Teachable Spirit

»Posted by on May 8, 2014 in teachable spirit, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Pigs’ Pajama Party: Laughing with the Teachable Spirit

The teachable spirit also needs laughter. Sometimes a mental break and use of the belly muscles helps give perspective to the day. Join me while I relay a story written by one of my students when I was teaching the GED at Highline Community College: THE PIG’S PAJAMA PARTY Deep in a forest were three little pigs, wearing purple frog pajamas. They were laying three beds out. Jedidiah, the first little piggy in his purple frog pajamas, hopped into bed, expressing the fact that he was very tired. Jonah said very mysteriously that he had a few more things to do before he rested his head. Micah fluffed his pillow, pulled out his book, and put his glasses on, preparing to finish his book. Jonah was up to no good. He pulled out a cake pan and filled it half way up...

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Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital: Encouraging Growth Through Transformation

»Posted by on May 8, 2014 in encouraging growth, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital: Encouraging Growth Through Transformation

How are individuals like Dr. Jeff Kahrs and Dr. Warren Bruhl getting involved in the fundraising process to build the Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital? What are ways people can support this effort? How will it feel to make an impact in the culture of another country, encouraging growth through transformation? Encouraging growth through providing necessary resources increases the opportunity of the Masaai and others in the region of the Kimana Rift Valley to face the challenges of integrating into modern day culture without losing cultural values. Tackling the health care needs of the residents afflicted by serious life threatening diseases, lack of pre-natal care, manual therapy, medications, and infectious diseases, Mount Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital will...

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