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December 11 , 2022 /

DAY ELEVEN – CHOICE CONSEQUENCE

Over 85% of adolescents believe that consequences can only be negative, undesirable and to be avoided.  When I explained that it’s possible to have a good consequence, students thought that was an oxymoron or a contradiction of terms.  Consequence is synonymous with result and depending on the choice, the consequence can be either positive and

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December 10 , 2022 /

DAY TEN – TIME

  Think of many of the ways people speak about time.  “I didn’t have time to do it.”  What they mean is they did not choose to take the time to do it, whatever “it” was, but who is going to say that they chose something else?    How about this?  “It’s time to eat.”  It

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December 9 , 2022 /

DAY NINE – A WAY OF LOOKING

We have all heard the phrase about a glass being half full or half empty as a commentary on whether we look at things in a positive or negative light.  The most common interpretation is that if we see the glass half full we are optimistic and if we see it half empty we are

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December 8 , 2022 /

DAY EIGHT – CONTINUING THE JOURNEY

Seven days on a calendar makes a week, one day following another in one of the most predictable and reliable sequences we experience. Twenty-four hours, the same for everyone with the difference being in how we choose to spend that time.  Beyond some of the necessary functions of eating and sleeping, and for many, working,

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December 7 , 2022 /

DAY SEVEN – A LARGER VIEW

As a contrast to the two previous days of details, we are now going to the 30,000 foot view and have a look at the bigger picture.  It may seem like a flip-flop from one extreme to the other.  In a test, the question would start with, “Compare and contrast…..” asking us to consider similarities

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December 6 , 2022 /

DAY SIX – OUTDOORS

Find a comfortable place to sit where you can see a tree. It can be a small or large tree and depending on the season and the type of tree. Notice its shape, its various parts from trunk to limbs to branches to leaves if there are any. See the different sizes of each part

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December 5 , 2022 /

DAY FIVE – INDOOR DETAILS

It was an Anglican Bishop, Frances Atterbury, who said, “It’s attention to detail that makes the difference between average and stunning.”  What we see every day may seem ordinary, familiar and even, at times, boring.  It is perhaps why we travel to other places to get a different view of something we might regard as

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December 4 , 2022 /

DAY FOUR – OBSERVING

Today, begin noticing your surroundings in some detail, eyes wide open to shapes, colors, designs and little things.  Whether you are inside or out of doors will change the view so let’s start with indoors and notice where and how you are sitting.  Secondly, if you look straight ahead what do you see?  Now look

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December 3 , 2022 /

DAY THREE – SETTLING IN

Easing into the new and unfamiliar is not flipping a switch from off to on or out to in.  It is getting used to something gradually, a step at a time, little by little, not all at once like jumping into the deep end where we may be over our heads. Becoming comfortable with something

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