Monthly Archives: November 2012

Spirituality

I have to admit, before we discussed spirituality in class Monday, I had never really thought about it. Before, I had never considered myself spiritual. But now, I see the concept of spirituality in a new light. I’m not necessarily a firm believer in any world religion, but my spirituality is something else entirely. It’s how I perceive the world around me. It’s my code of ethics. My morals. The guidelines by which I live my life. So with that, I’d say my spirituality is important to me. But I have never been keen on the idea of religion.

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Diversity

In all honesty, I have no idea what “cultural” group I identify with. But for the sake of this assignment, I’m just going to pretend that it’s asking about my personal beliefs and how I view others who may not share the same ideologies as I do. Now first of all, I was born in a very, very down south Christian household. Both my parents are very religious people and I was brought up to attend church every Sunday. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas we’d travel to my Aunt’s house where we’d eat southern home cooked meals, watch football, play in the backyard, open presents, and do other family reunion type of stuff. My Uncle is the biggest country bumpkin I know. He always has his cowboy hat on, has country music blaring out of the back of his truck and is a very, very hard worker. The same goes for my dad, and a lot of my other male relatives.

Unfortunately, another common characteristic of this “down south hard workin’ man” stereotype is that, in short, they’re often very bigoted individuals. As someone who has grown up around these kind of people my entire life, I can say that for the most part, this is true. With that said, I don’t automatically assume every guy or girl with a cowboy hat on hates gay people or rallies at Tea Party meetings on the weekends. But I see this trait among a lot of my family members, and as someone who very much has developed their own beliefs and opinions, it has definitely set me apart from them. It doesn’t help that I went to high school with a lot of these kind of people as well, which only served to reinforce that stereotype into my head.

 

Did You Know? 3.0 Video

The “Did You Know?” video was quite an eye-opener for me. I had no idea how high the population in China actually was. The fact that it will soon be the number one English speaking language in the world definitely took me back a little bit. I also had no idea that India had such a high population with high IQ’s. The fact that they have more honors kids than America has kids also really surprised me. The video showed me our world really is a lot bigger than I had previously thought.

Another thing that really made me think was how most of the in-demand jobs of the future probably don’t even exist yet. That’s really amazing when you think of how fast our civilization is advancing technologically. Not only that but we’re also advancing our knowledge in every field, so much so that information we’re learning now might even be outdated in less than 4 years. It’s really mind boggling stuff.

The fact that Facebook, if it were country, would be the third largest country in the world is fascinating. It really sheds light on how fast social media is growing in use among todays generation. Twitter is growing rapidly as well, with people sending over 50 million tweets per day. After watching the entire video, I definitely have a new perspective on the world and how fast things are advancing. It will definitely help me to prepare my kids for the days ahead where anything is possible.

Exercising: Your Body and You

In this lesson, you’ll learn the importance of exercise and what you can do to achieve peak physical condition.

After viewing the presentation, ask yourself:

  • Do I exercise consistently?
  • What can I do to motivate me to exercise more frequently?
  • Why is exercising important?
  • How can I make exercising more enjoyable?

Answer these questions and respond with your own thoughts in a 250 word WP blog, due Monday.