SOULTales - Character Strengths, Stories & Vocabulary

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Success and Failure

Here is a story You have to read...click on the link below..and don't read my blog till you finish reading this:

http://shikasrini.blogspot.in/



 Success and Failure is something close to my heart
Why do we have narrow confining views on what this is?

Is Success about having a lump some in your bank account?
or is it about  following your vision?

Is it as linear as we want it to be?
or is it achievable even if we take many diversions and have many reinventions on the way?

What does this success mean if it is at the cost of being happy?

Why is Failure so repugnant that we fear to experience it?
We fear to expose our children to it?

It's known by almost everyone that the learning we gain from Failure is far greater than what we gain from only Success.

In fact if I look at it in one way I can even say lets learn to rejoice and celebrate Failure (where and why the shame?)
Where is the humiliation when every time You Fail while doing something you are told it is a message; that something you are doing is not working, so lets find out How You (or I ) can make this work...get it done...

Failure is just a way that Life is telling you

a) You may have not worked hard enough (Effort)
b) You may not have chosen correctly (Vision)
and/or
 c) You need to try another way (Endeavor)

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The Blog Link I have shared above is my Uncle's, a unique individual, whose story even I had not understood till now...
Thanks Chithappa, You have really opened another world of understanding for me
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Friday, May 11, 2012

Story-Activity Time




Ok folks, Theme Based Story telling is IN!

So we did FINDING NEMO at an activity centre ...

I must say (with chagrin), I had actually never watched that movie completely, bits and pieces, here and there, and of course more from the kiddos and hubby, who just loves the movie...but as I am the flighty thing, I tend not to really pay attention. So finally my Work (!!) actually forced me to watch the movie.

Thanks to the beloved son taking ownership for that, we popped in the movie CD, and while I prepared the props for the theme based Storytelling / Activity time, we also parallely watched the movie.

I just loved Ellen DeGeneres in it, totally fit into the character of Dory, I loved the turtles and (that is so cool to show turtles speeding through the East Australian Current)...and just about everything about the movie...
What a slow coach I am :)

Well the next theme that we did was something closer to kids...very small kids




Thomas and Friends theme based Activities for 5 days at a nice store, saw us spinning a bit, trying to design something for 3 year olds. But it went well, atleast I enjoyed all the learning I got out of it. Thomas has never been a part of our family, so got to learn about Percy and Emily and Gordon, and Fat controller, and that Percy is green, Gordon is big...and we never, ever should try to substitute one train with another...recipe for disaster, and much pain to little hearts!

Once more, next week we are back with Thomas, at another branch of the same store...

Hope we get the promised bigger gathering and hopefully we will be able to manage it as well...

Check back soon for more pictures...


(we are doing a lot with these themes I must say, trying to wiggle in some Social Emotional Learning Skills within these fun based, activity/storytime sessions...so far, it is working well...hopefully we will be able to make it work in bigger spaces)