Truth Talkin’ Thursday: Episode #110

Greetings–There is growing concern among our children, parents and an increasing number of teachers that the system that has served to educate our children over the past 100+years is no longer relevant and connected to the needs and skills that our kids will have demonstrate if they are to have a chance to compete for good paying jobs. There is so much more to discuss and I suspect we will in the coming weeks.

If you as a care giver have any interest in knowing more and becoming informed about how you can help to rectify this problem, and it is a problem now, then please go to my website at jimcloughley.com and check out some of the information that I have posted there. No obligation to buy anything–this is simply the start of providing a solid discussion about what we need to do to ensure that our kids are as well prepared as they can be to survive in the new economies that demand so much more than what school and programs today are providing. In a nut shell we suggest that we need to be teaching our kids how to think and not what to learn.

 

Truth Talkin’ Thursday: Episode #109

All too often we tend to focus on the negative stuff that goes on in our lives and we tend to overlook the good stuff. Jane and I are talking about how we deserve to enjoy those good times whether they are few in numbers or if we have been blessed with some great events. Our lives must been seen in both lights if we are to see our value as human beings. We can learn a great deal by remembering the good things–it helps us to remember that good things will come our way again and that we need to work through the not so good things with that in mind. One of the things that we can do to balance out those times that seem overwhelming is try to think about ‘when was the best time of your life’?  When was it–what was happening and what came from that.

 

 

If You Could Be Part Of Creating A Truly Life Changing Event, Would You Be Interested?

Rarely do we have an opportunity to participate in being a part of creating a life changing event. When I think of those enormous life changing events I’m talking about the discovery of insulin in 1921 by Banting and Best or Fleming who developed penicillin in 1928. Being more basic the wheel was invented around 3500 years before Christ walked the earth. X-rays, telephones, computers, the internet, gun powder, fire, medical vaccines for polio, and electricity were really milestones that would be considered vital to the development of human beings. Some would argue that splitting the atom was the single-most important thing that we ever did when we think about all of the things that came from that achievement. There is no question that these are examples of massive importance and there are arguments pro and con for so many other inventions and innovations.

However, here we are today with a rare opportunity to influence one of the most important developmental shifts in our existence as human beings and I’d wager that very few people are even aware of what I ‘m talking about nor would they equate it to something that they are capable of  influencing or contributing to.

Everyday so many parents send their children off to a building somewhere where there are professional educators responsible for enlightening their kids and expected to prepare them for what?  When I have asked the following  questions of some teachers, some parents or business people “What is the purpose of education?” or “What is the goal of education”? no one has been able to provide a clear concise answer. So the question remains–why do we send our kids off to be educated? 

Most parents did mention ‘to make sure that the kids can get a good job and be employable.’ Others say so that they can be self sufficient and provide a good life for their families. Nothing wrong with that but many of the kids themselves aren’t buying it. They want so much more and aren’t getting it. If that was all it is about for them they could learn enough studying the internet to gain enough information to “pass” school exams. We are turning out too many kids who don’t feel that their educations, or what is passing for an education, is doing anything more than turning out robots who are being programmed to learn the same things as each other to produce a uniform work force for industry. If this sounds familiar its the same idea–the same thinking–that was put forth over 100 years ago. The goal for educating our kids seems to be the same now as it was during the Industrial Age in Europe. Although the world has changed dramatically, due to the amazing growth of technology, the way we prepare our children to survive in that new world hasn’t changed much at all.

Please consider the rise in student drop out rates, why do so many college graduates find it difficult to get a job, why is there more gang growth and gang violence, more suicides among our young folks, more instances of mental/emotional illness, and a waning interest in our children when it comes to being excited about learning in general. We often hear our kids saying “why do I have to learn this stupid stuff” or “I hate this stuff-I could care less about this or that”? Our kids have their own ideas and goals about their futures but folks don’t appear to be listening. The school system has its own ideas about what they–the learners need to learn and how they need to learn it. Rote learning is still the popular delivery system despite all the indications and evidence to the contrary.

There is so much more to say about this topic. You can go to my web site at jimcloughley.com for more information about this but consider that our educational system is trying to prepare our kids for a life and a future by employing an approach that is out dated and irrelevant.  We have no idea at all about what job market and opportunities will exist because technology is changing so quickly. J0bs available now may not exist in two or three years so how can an old approach satisfy the qualifications needed to succeed? How will our children succeed if they are not ready or educated to succeed. Our success as a race–the Human Race–depends upon our ability to adapt and prepare the next generation of thinkers, innovators, creators, problem solvers and collaborators. It is up to us to make sure they have all the tools they need to get that job done and right now we are not doing a very good job of making that happen. The old system trains our kids to retain data–to memorize stuff.

How much of what you learned in high school do you remember today? Not much would be my guess. What is needed and right now is the creation of a new paradigm concerning how and what our children are learning. We need to be teaching our kids HOW TO LEARN and not WHAT TO LEARN. They will take care of the rest on their own. They are so much smarter than we give them credit for.

If learning more as a parent or as a student is important to you–If you want to find out how you can be a part of this extremely unique opportunity to shape the world in a new way-and we can do this-become informed about what is coming so that you can contribute to this rare but necessary shift in thinking. Go to Google and type in learner-centered education.

I’ll be writing a great deal more about this new opportunity to influence our survival in the weeks to come.

Anyways, that’s how I see things.

All the best, Jim        Please send any thoughts or comments to me at: jim.lifechoice@gmail.com or go to jimcloughley.com

Thanks for stopping by–

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes Our Most Important Messages Come From The Least Expected Places . . .

I am grateful to be back and able to pass along some wisdom that I learned contained in an email that a friend sent me. I can’t even say who authored it. But it turned out to be very important to me at a time when I needed to make sense of what was happening around me.

It has been said that we are likely to feel most alive the closer we get to death. I agree. Recently I experienced some news regarding a health issue that lead me to believe it was entirely possible I was living on borrowed time and there was very little that I could do to change that reality.

I recognized how easy it is for  some of us to get so caught up in ‘living’ our lives on a day-to-day basis that we overlook or pay little attention to what are the most important lessons for us to really focus on. We spend so much valuable time trying to make up for past mistakes or we paint ourselves as people who are unworthy of having a good life. What I realized in this time is that each new day is an opportunity that I deserve to begin a new way of living and that I and only I can make that happen for me. I said more than once to myself during this time that if I got another chance to live my life again I would be much more  attentive to what are REALLY the important things in life. Many of us we believe that if we ‘get on with life-if we get down off the meat hook we have been displayed on for much too long’ that that somehow makes us terrible self centered egotistical people who are not decent human beings. It is difficult to live a life of service to humanity or to enjoy simple moments of pleasure with friends if we can’t get passed some punishing idea that somehow we should never forgive ourselves.

I mentioned an email I received earlier. Six short ‘stories’ which remind me of how important each of us is to each other. We have wisdom to share and gifts to grant to each other as well..

“SIX LITTLE STORIES”

{1}

Once all the villagers decided to pray for rain.

On the day of prayer all the people gathered,

but only one boy came with an umbrella.

That’s FAITH.

It is important for me to live my life by what I believe to be true for me and not to get caught up in what others think of me or would wish for me. My faith is a result of recognizing that we have to be ready to accept good things into our world and we never know when that will happen. If we are not ready for it we could miss it when it comes to us.   

{2}

When you throw babies in the air,

they laugh because they know you will catch them.

That’s TRUST.

We have very little if we don’t earn the trust of others. When someone we care about gives us their trust we have earned something very special in deed. Real trust is to be valued and honored. But should we lose that trust that doesn’t make us ‘bad’ people. We are not perfect. We will make mistakes. It does, however, indicate that we have much to learn about who we are before we go hoping for trust again. 

{3}

Every night we go to bed

without any assurance of being alive the next morning,

but still we set the alarms to wake up.

That’s HOPE.

I see many people walking around who have a far away look in their eyes. They look, talk, and walk like they have given up on life or they believe that life has given up on them. I would suggest these are people with little or no hope in their lives. It saddens me to see that because I understand it doesn’t have to be that way. Awful things happen to us I agree. But if we are not able to see the good in others or to witness the good deeds of others we are already dead. Look into the eyes of a newborn and you will see hope.   

{4}

We plan big things for tomorrow

in spite of zero knowledge of the future.

That’s CONFIDENCE.

How can we know what the future holds for us? That’s why it’s called the future. If we look around us we see fascinating things happen to others all the time. We hear stories of miracles all the time. Just being alive is a miracle for some. Miracles can happen to us as well but never will if we don’t believe they can. We have to be ready to receive them. Have you ever done something nice for someone just because . . . ? What did that feel like? Good I’ll bet. Just when you were feeling sad or depressed you were able to feel ‘good’ because you did something other than worry or feel sorry for yourself. Good things can happen if we open the door and let them into our hearts. 

{5}

We see the world suffering,

but still we get married and have children.

That’s LOVE.

The world truly can be a terrible place full of suffering but love is about us and not about them. We don’t need to live by what others  think or do-at least not in our hearts.

{6}

On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence

‘I am not 80 years old

I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.’

That’s ATTITUDE.

A little bit of attitude can go a long way to getting what you want. It is attitude which determines the quality of our lives and that is something that you can control. 

Have a happy day and live your life like the six stories.

All the best, Jim

Comments welcomed-send them to jim.lifechoice@gmail.com. and I’ll get back to you.

Truth Talkin’ Thursday: Episode #107

Jane and I got to it today talking about why I don’t agree with making New Years resolutions. people do them or state them with very little chance of being successful at realizing them. There are many who can quit doing something but the problem is they can’t stay ‘quit’ and if you can’t stay ‘quit’ then the job becomes more difficult the next time you feel the need to try again. If you are interested in trying to live up to your resolution watch the video below for some hints about how to be more successful at it–thanks for stopping by–all the best, Jim

 

Truth Talkin’ Thursday . . . Episode #106

Greetings to you all, It has been awhile since Jane and I last posted anything. We decided to take care of some other business that had been pressing and of course it took longer than anticipated. But we are back here now and thanks to all those folks who wondered where we were and what was happening. Appreciate your interest. This week we got talking about things we take for granted and how trying to prepare for the unknown is really hard to do–usually at the cost of our mental health. We mention some basics that could be helpful if this is something that you find yourself doing from time to time.

 

This Guy Knew What He Was Talking About . . .Immigration Made Easy

Its good to be back.

I thought I’d return with an article I posted quite a while ago. It’s topic has been in the news for much longer. We seem to be having a tough time trying to figure out who we are, who we want to be and how we want to be seen in the free world.  Our politicians find it more challenging telling the truth rather than keeping their word. Spin has become an ugly term and one that we should never get used to.

I’m not a big fan of the politicians of the day. Politics has changed quite a bit in the last decade or so becoming, in my humble opinion, much more self serving, egotistical, and about how to get re-elected and much less about how to maintain Canada’s reputation as being trustworthy. Too much ‘ political correctness’ is making a mockery of the idea that we are being ‘progressive’ when we have clearly gone over the top and super sensitive. We have failed, miserably, at trying to be all things to all people.

One such example of this failing is the whole topic of immigration and how we have really ‘bastardized’ what was a great and generous idea-one that truly recognized the need to ‘share our wealth’ but maintain our domestic loyalty to those who fought for and wanted to remain true to their heritage and culture. We have ignored a great opportunity to live what we say we stand for by how we have treated our indigenous citizens. We certainly have discriminated against our Indigenous People by showing more compassion for off shore immigrants to our fair land. There are approximately 1.7 million Indigenous People living in Canada. In the last 10 years we have granted status to 2.6 million immigrants.  But that will be an article for another day.

We continue to ‘move the goal posts’ regarding any clear program governing immigration to date. We have created a mess that acts by different rules and philosophies day-by-day. I am a solid supporter of inviting immigrants to share our land, constitution, our riches and the opportunity to be free to be who they are or want to be. 

What saddens me is the price we paid and continue to pay for our generosity. Our governments position on immigration is untenable especially when we consider the complete and continued bungling of the homelessness and youth homelessness issues that plague our fair land.

My suggestion: Let’s get back to a document created by our 7th Prime Minister who ruled from 1896-1911. He knew THEN that we needed to be aware of what runaway immigration could do to us as a nation and outlined a very practical, reasonable, compassionate and simple but effective policy that was both fair and gracious.

Please read this with an open mind.

WORDS FROM 1907

This article was written over a century ago . . . . . so it has stood the test of time. It is short, and to the point. Here’s what Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier thought of the immigrants wanting to become Canadians in 1907.

First of all we must insist that the
> immigrant that comes here is willing to become a Canadian
> and is willing to assimilate our ways, he should be treated
> on equal grounds and it would be shameful to discriminate
> against such a person for reasons of their beliefs or the
> place of birth or origin. But it is the responsibility of
> that person to become a Canadian in all aspects of life,
> nothing else but a Canadian. There can be no divided
> allegiance here. Any man who says that he is a Canadian, but
> tries to impose his customs and habits upon us, is not a
> Canadian. We have room for only one flag, the Canadian flag.
> There is room for only two languages here, English and
> French. And we have room for loyalty, but only one, loyalty
> to the Canadian people. We won’t accept anyone, I’m
> saying anyone, who will try to impose his religion or his
> customs on us.Wilfrid Laurier, 1907

For me it is quite simple but I would add some clarification. If you are looking for a place where you can sleep at night and not worry about being kidnapped or shot, where you can be sure that you will have the opportunity to succeed and excel at just about anything you want to do, if you are interested in finding peace, freedom, friendship good healthcare and open education where your family is safe then Canada is the place where you should choose to live. If you choose us-great. But leave you biases and your ideas about changing us to suit you behind. I don’t want what you are leaving. That’s why we are here and you are not. Join us-please. No one is saying you cannot live your customs and your culture here. Enjoy your own church and wear your own clothing style but be willing to allow us to live what you had dreamed of having when you decided to come here. I do not want to be you. I do not want to live my life according to your ways. We fought to have and be who we are. If you want to live among us then get used to the idea that you are free to join us or not but do not try to make me–you.

Yours truly, and with pride in country, James Cloughley

Anyways, that’s how I see things. Direct comments to jim.lifechoice@gmail.com

 

Truth Talkin’ Thursday: Episode #105

Greetings to all–thank you for stopping by. This week we spoke about a very important topic-one that creates as much peace in us as it can produce resentment and even anger at times. I’m meaning the subject of do we ‘deserve’ happiness or do we have to earn it. I say no to each and Jane is somewhere in the middle. Read on how we each see it and how important it is to our well being by double clicking on the link below and then the little arrow.

Truth Talkin’ Thursday: Episode #104

Jane and I get chatting away around decisions to be made and how we can still have a say in our destiny but make no mistake, time is running out and once that happens is it very, very difficult to turn back the clock to enjoy the way it ‘used to be’. We are under the influence of anger but worse than that the folks we have leading us and those around the world for the most part don’t have our best interests at heart. It is about lining pockets and creating a class of people that could identify with those much like those in the movie called ‘The Hunger Games’. Sound far fetched– look a little deeper–a little closer. Catch the rest of what Jane and I are thinking. Just click on the arrow below and click on it again to activate it. Comments are always welcome at: jim.lifechoice@gmail.com  OR jterdik@hotmail.com.

This Is Deja-vu All Over Again . . .

An odd thing happened to me the other day. On November 25, 2018 I went to bed as I usually do and woke up the next day only to find it was sometime in the 60’s. I had turned on the TV and saw a noose hanging from a tree in the Jackson City square outside the Capital Building in Mississippi.  I was immediately transported back to those dark and awful days when our humanity showed the world it’s absolute worst–American style. Hangings were pretty normal or as normal as they could be I guess. Segregation was in full bloom and black people were denigrated, beaten, often disappeared in the middle of the night–some never seen again, kidnapped, forced into some kind of servitude, denied access to public buildings and services all because the color of their skin was different–that was it.

A quick fast forward using my remote brought me back to today but not before many memories were released for me to contemplate. I wondered how this could be happening all over again in the new millennia some 55+ years later. And who is leading the band? None other than the latest demoralizing example of child-like leadership–the man himself–Donald John Trump. Here he was out stumping for Cindy Hyde-Smith trying to make sure she has every opportunity to win that important seat. Why is he out there anyway? Shouldn’t he be at the White House trying to sort out the problems of the world?

I believe that he is to be feared not because of his shrewdness or intellect but because of the damage he could do to democracy and the rule of law with very few checks and balances to stand in his way. Puppets like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell appear to be virtually useless. When it comes to doing what is right and protecting the sanctity of the office Trump is virtually running on alone. There is no danger of Ryan or McConnell growing a pair.

So how is it he is allowed to get away with the shenanigans he pulls off? Here he is standing on a stage in from of the crowd of course, his favorite spot, (it really is all about him after all,) talking like he knew what he was saying when we all know he hasn’t a clue about much else than how to be repugnant and to show his ignorance of how to be civil and gracious. He fell over himself trying to be supportive of his candidate and couldn’t say enough good things about her. She was wonderful and all of this with noose in the ‘background’ reminding the Black Americans what could happen if they vote the wrong way. I’m still at a loss how any self respecting Black American could even consider voting for this woman especially after saying she would love to sit in the front row of a public hanging dressed in her little Miss Confederate uniform with a rifle in her hands. Wow! And the American fearless leader had nothing to say about any of this. Tell me he is not a racist and a bigot. His lack of any kind of condemnation about the whole set up speaks volumes about his true view of Black Americans. He will do nothing to help Black Americans get ahead in the U.S.ofA.–nothing. What has he done for them so far? Besides embarrass himself and act fraudulently about his true ‘love’ for all the people of his great land.

But again what can the world expect from a man who is bereft of emotion. He has no basic understanding of compassion, and his timing when offering any condolence or real support to someone who has just experienced a sad event explains why he has to be told by his ‘advisers’ when to emote. If it were not for ANGER and PETULANCE he would not have any emotions at all.

All this said there is a great deal that Trump can teach us if we free ourselves to listen and not be taken by a growing sense of ‘righty-ism’. The world, in general, seems to be moving to the ‘right’ these days by demonstrating their bravado. Demonstrations have become an opportunity to openly threaten and intimidate other groups by the swastikas they draw on buildings, by desecrating burial grounds, houses of worship and schools. It used to be that our civil society wouldn’t tolerate this behavior in the name of freedom but now freedom is used against many to say and do whatever they want.

The question is do you want to step back in to the past when the rich got richer on the backs of good hard working people who just wanted a little bigger  piece of the pie. We are not our neighbors to the south–Yet. But look closely at our own back yard. Andrew Scheer–a ‘Trumpite’ in sheep’s clothing. Always complaining but never the suggestion of a solution and Doug Ford-a recent graduate of the prep school Trump came from. Both giving and stand-up guys. Both capable of  deception and malfeasance without blinking an eye.

We need to pay attention to the little things these guys are doing. Any politician who says he has a magic solution to the problems at hand and all we need to do is trust him/her to get the job done should be the reason to yell–“Run Forest Run!”

Our relatively peaceful life is beginning to look like deja-vu all over again.

Anyways, that’s how I see things.

All the best, thanks for stopping by–Jim               Send your comments to: jim.lifechoice@gmail.com

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