Life Class – Gamma
Life class has been a life changing journey, everything you learn here you take along throughout your life. It has been a roller coaster ride of emotions, sharing your own stories or listening to someone else’s provide an altogether a fresh and a whole different perspective towards life and things.
All the learnings have be taken into practice in order to improve ourselves personally as well as professionally. All the seven habits beginning from
1) Be proactive
2) Begin with the end in mind
3) Put first things first
4) Think win-win
5) Seek first to understand and then to be understood
7) Sharpen the saw
has helped us to better ourselves each day. The enthusiasm coming from within us demonstrates the effectiveness of the same. When we talk about paradigm shift there are many instances to point out, here are few to begin with:
An instance which I can recall where I have experienced a paradigm shift was when there were a lot of things that were not in my favor (wouldn’t be explicit about it or disclose it), when things were falling apart, I took it as a suffering at first, which led to more suffering and creating more problems for myself. I used to believe that the cause of those problems was anyone but me, I shifted my paradigm. Instead of putting the blame on someone else, I decided to own up to everything and work on those lines for improving myself, which helped me move past the suffering and helped me look from a different perspective.
This is a recent one, before joining Fountainhead school, I wanted to become an interior designer, teaching wasn’t something that I ever wanted to do as a profession. At first, I blamed destiny, as I wasn’t able to do something that I’m passionate about, for something that I’ve worked so hard on. I used to criticize everything and everyone for not letting me pursue my dreams. Fast forwarding to a few days after the job started , I realized that maybe, just maybe, teaching is also something that I might have thought of before. I started to enjoy taking the classes, interacting with the students, and learning new things. Fast forwarding to today, I had a paradigm shift that if I were to be doing Interior designing, I wouldn’t have learnt the things that I’ve learnt in this short period of time, and everyday there is something new that I come across and learn, it made me a lifelong learner and I’m really grateful for that . It wouldn’t have been possible if I wasn’t in the profession of teaching.
Never be too quick to judge someone, we never know how and who is suffering something major. After the workshop I actually started to look at people and things with a different lens, a completely different perspective, which actually helped soothe my mind and also be calm, polite and positive. It has also helped me with my personal relations with my friends and family as the workshop beautifully taught me a lot of things such as being considerate, empathizing, paradigm shift, acceptance, and a lot more.
EBA (Emotional Bank Account)
An emotional bank account is an account of trust instead of money. It’s an account based on how safe you feel with another person. It helped us in understanding an individual, keeping commitments, clarifying expectations, showing personal integrity and apologizing when making a withdrawal.
FUN ACTIVITIES (Warmers/Tuning in)
Some of the activities taken during the sessions worked best as energizers and were heart touching. Stating a few that we loved the most – a Thank you note with a rose, last 24 hours to live, spider web activity, gratitude ones and many more. Most of them can also be used and implemented in the classroom with the students as well as in events outside school.
An extremely delightful way to cultivate habits, we were able to connect the habits with the movies, it helped us change our perspectives towards watching a movie and finding an allusion in the same.
All in all, the comprehensive journey of life class was extremely fruitful and life changing.
Ruchita & Hetvi