Posts Tagged "example"

Sufficiency with the Teachable Spirit

»Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Sufficiency with the Teachable Spirit

What is the definition of sufficiency? What is enough? How does the teachable spirit acquire this concept? Sufficiency is the quality of precisely enough, the adequate supply that meets our needs exactly where we are, neither too much nor two little. In her book, The Soul of Money, Lynne Twist describes sufficiency as the place hidden on the inverse side of the three toxic myths prevalent in our world today: There is not enough. More is better. That’s just the way that it is. Yeshua (Jesus) lived in sufficiency. Some say He was poor; others say that He was wealthy because He was the Son of God. The truth is, He always had exactly enough to do precisely what he needed to do at that moment; never more and never less. When the tax collectors were attempting...

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Alone with the Teachable Spirit

»Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Alone with the Teachable Spirit

How can you be happy alone? What does the teachable spirit need to do to create happiness when you are alone? These are very difficult questions to answer, especially if we are busy people that have families and care for children. My life is serene now compared to what it was in the days when family was the focus; however, the work I was doing in my family’s life at that time would have benefited from answering these two questions. The scripture says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Do you see that loving yourself is the foundation for loving your neighbor? The care that you take in meeting your own needs will be the same care you take in meeting those closest to you. Yeshua (Jesus) told a story in reference to this concept: And behold, a lawyer stood up...

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Trophic Cascades with the Teachable Spirit

»Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Trophic Cascades with the Teachable Spirit

What is a trophic cascade? What happens when wolves are reintroduced into an ecosystem? What can the teachable spirit learn from wolves changing rivers? Recently, the teachable spirit stumbled on this beautiful metaphor about how wolves change rivers. Essentially, the idea is that the absence of wolves causes the environment to disintegrate. The entire ecosystem is shored up with the reintroduction of wolves. I love this example of how the presence of one creature completely changes the landscape and outcome for all concerned. Personally, I have experienced the effect of a trophic cascade in my own life, where one individual has changed the entire landscape. I also see it in other circumstances around the world; for example, Dr. Jeff Kahrs stabilizing the...

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What is Fundraising? with the Teachable Spirit

»Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

What is Fundraising? with the Teachable Spirit

Recently, the teachable spirit had the distinct pleasure of attending a Fundraising from the Heart workshop featuring Lynne Twist, author of the book, Soul of Money. I felt that Lynne’s philosophy resonated with me more than any other approach to money I had encountered. I believed it was worth the trip to the Upaya Center in Santa Fe via Albuquerque, New Mexico, to find some clarity on the subject. What is fundraising? Who is a fundraiser? What is the purpose of fundraising? Working around the world, Lynne has traveled to a variety of countries raising money for organizations such as The Hunger Project, and then creating her own philanthropic institution in 1996, The Pachamama Alliance — a social profit (nonprofit) organization, co-founded with...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with a Refugee

»Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Understanding the Experiences of Life with a Refugee

Recently, Dr. Warren Bruhl suggested that I read The State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence, by Martin Meredith. Although I have only read the first chapter, I can see that understanding the experiences of life in Africa because of its history will have a profound affect on my work. For example, while teaching Adult Basic Education (ABE), assisting students to gain their General Educational Development (GED) at Highline Community College (HCC), one of my students was a refugee from Liberia. Here is his story in his own words: In the year 1990 when the war started in my country, Liberia, I was very young; I was ten years old. My father and mother planned to move to another country called Ivory Coast. After a week we came to the Ivory...

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