We’ve written about forgiveness quite a lot lately; without it, one cannot move on. Repressed anger has a way of keeping us blocked, unable to let go and look to the future. It’s something Colleen Haggerty, who lost her leg in an automobile accident at 17, spoke about most powerfully in this must-watch TED talk last year:Continue Reading
Motherhood is said to be the beginning of wisdom for a woman. Â A woman does not know how unknowing she is of life until a child’s life is put into her hands. Â This is true both for biological and non-biological mothers.
Motherhood is such a big responsibility that it would be impossible to perform its tasks without any semblance of philosophy. Â Raising a child will have to be founded on a certain set of principles that will guide the mother to the path where she thinks she should lead a child. Â A confused mother usually results to an equally confused child who is given no clear direction in life.
Children need proper guidance but it can only be given by someone who understands that such role belongs to him or her. Even with a complete pair of parents, mothers will always have a critical role in the life of a child. There can be no substitute to a mother’s love and guidance but many have been forced to live without it because of the realities of life.
Once a woman decides to accept the big responsibility of motherhood, there is an unwritten but acknowledged acceptance of theÂ responsibilitiesÂ that go with it. Â There is no way around it except if a mother purposely chooses to go the other way and leaves. Â A mother is expected to share and pass on her personal philosophy to her children although she must learn to accept that they will develop philosophies of their own. Â It wouldn’t actually matter though since a mother’s philosophy is essentially based on love and nurturing.
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TheÂ philosophyÂ of teaching reflects a teacher’sÂ beliefÂ aboutÂ teachingÂ and the process of learning. Â It is being undertaken to help teachers and mentors assess themselves for the purpose ofÂ improvingÂ themselves. Â The formation of this philosophy is not done in one seating but rather comes in stages as a teacher grows and progress.
A teacher must believe that he/she has something to pass on to their students. Unless this is so, there is not much sense in teaching.Â Teachers are looked up to and this is impossible to do if a teacher is not able to represent a certain positive philosophy thatÂ Â Â can give students important lessons not only in academics but also in life.
Not everyone is called upon to teach or feel the sincere desire to mentor people, whether young or old.Â It is not easy to pass on knowledge and skills even when there is sufficient expertise on the subject being taught.Â Teaching is an art and a science that is best performed by those genuinely interested in it.
A teacher therefore will always have to have the commitment and dedication to teach at whatever cost regardless of whether or not students are teachable or not.Â In cases where a good number of students fail in a class, it is the teacherâ€™s ability that is actually put into question and not the studentsâ€™.
Also included in a teaching policy is the purpose, whether general or personal, which the teacher holds as his/her main objective in entering the profession.Â From this purpose, it would be easy to determine if a teacher will succeed since selfish purposes will never work in the teaching profession.Â There must also be a clear agenda of how a teacher proposes to go about sharing what he/she knows to students.
The environment in a teaching profession will not always be conducive to the ideal learning set-up.Â This poses a challenge to teachers to go beyond what they are expected to do in the name of teaching.Â A philosophy in teaching should be able to guide a teacher along the way to remind him/her of the original purposes set at the beginning.
Nature refers to what we see in the physical world which encompasses life in general.Â It is derived from an ancient word that means birth pertaining perhaps to qualities and characteristics that are intrinsic to living things and other features found in the world.Â More than geology and wildlife, nature also refers to the way things are and how they change in their own accord.
When we speak of the course of nature, we are referring to how things will proceed in their natural and expected order.Â This is in effect saying that nature will take its course with or without human intervention.Â It would appear that nature follows its own laws and will not bow down to human direction forever.
When we allow nature to take its course, we do not intervene.Â We simply let what ought to happen prevail.Â Humans allow this usually when they acknowledge the truth that they cannot control nature at all.Â Any semblance of control over nature is but temporary since the independence of nature from human control soon manifests itself in due time.
When we cut trees to the extremes and suffer flooding after, isnâ€™t that a way that nature says to humans that there are consequences for going against nature.Â When we dump our garbage in rivers and suffer the stench of ten times more than amount of garbage when the ocean dumps them back, isnâ€™t that a way that nature says that humans deserve what they get?
The philosophy of nature is simple.Â Every being and thing in this world has a purpose.Â Humans will be wise to observe and respect everything which they share the world with.Â Humans should not take offense to nature since there is bound to be retaliation in the natural course of things.