Just keep paddling

After some time in the water yesterday morning, I thought I’d share a few reflections on life using seven images that I had the opportunity to capture. A small white-tip gave me the idea. Many thanks to our marine friend. I didn’t number the photos, as I couldn’t decide which ones were more important to me. Let me know if you have a good ranking for yourself.

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Sometimes, life can be a bit of a mess, but it passes. You can see a friend of mine in the very centre of the photo – the other side of any mess we get ourselves into.

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Life is good. Don’t let anyone make you feel otherwise. Pursue your passions.

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Share our spaces. We joined this small white-tip, who was prepared to share her space with us. A brief, welcoming swim-by, before we entered the water. A little more reflection on reasonable intentions may make this world a happier place. Assume the best, but exercise caution! (Stay on land if it’s a 15ft tiger shark.)

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Have fun, never forget that. Make time for yourself, because you deserve it, we all do, despite what those around us may demand. Leave the guilt on shore.

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In surfing, as in life, you do get a bit beat up along the way.  Just make sure, it’s worth it. If I had hung my board on the wall and stayed home, it would still be pristine – beautiful, but in a sad way. Each scar is a memory, the most precious of our possessions.

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We all find ourselves in the whitewater at some time. The only way to avoid this is to keep your feet dry, but is this living? Welcome the tough times that come with your pursuits. Just keep paddling.

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Enjoy moments. For all the waves that will never ever break again, just relax and revel in the passing experience. Trying to notice the moments is the difficult part, as our fast paced lives race by. It’s a thinking skill that we are not taught in schools.

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Success – The end point or the next step?

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Image: © Jan Csernoch | Dreamstime.com                                                                                                           What’s on the other side? Literally, only one way to find out.

 

A tweet crossed my path today, as they are want to do, with a phrase ‘culture of failure’ and this started me thinking about our perceptions of success and failure. There has been a lot said regarding the importance of failure for learning, however the waters are muddied somewhat as we carry around different ideas of what these concepts represent. I don’t feel that the current ideas of embracing failure, for the sake of learning and creativity in general, are aimed at the end of the journey. It seems that the current discourse on the subject of failure has pulled failure back from the distant end of the journey, to the immediate next step of the journey. In this sense, failure is not what it used to be. It has become part of the process instead of the outcome. This is powerful, and if this is what is deemed a ‘culture of failure’ I welcome our new definition. I am not sure that I am too keen on a world where success is a rainbow, vanishing as we approach. I like the immediate. We can do something about that. There may be no ‘there’. Only a ‘here’, and this is where success and failure belong in the learning process.

Learning is a house with many doors. Success depends on opening, or building, the right ones along the way. Sometimes we have an idea of where we are going. Sometimes we do not. We never really know what is going to be on the other side of any of them. Success and failure are just the unique combination of the doors we move through.

Tweets (May 10, 2014)

  A carefully co-constructed-with-the-learner rubric makes it easier for the learner to see what direction success is.

  I’m not sure we always want success. How does that line up with culture of failure in vogue now?

  Depending on whether success is defined as the end point or the next step. If success is a rainbow? 

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