What an end… life class has always taught me a lot of things and helped me deal with my life in a better way but I can say this one was a life-changing one. Facing our own fears, the ones we have buried deep in our hearts not only brings the truth to the face but also gives you a helping hand to tackle those fears. The trip to the old age home made me more grateful for my family and comforts. I was able to share a very intimate issue I was dealing with, but the support of my team members and facilitators helped me get clarity and pave my way ahead. Even though I may not remember the technical terms but the learning which has touched my heart will forever be with me. And I will always say this to myself no matter what ‘I can handle it ‘.
It was a good day with full of perspective towards life as such. Visiting old age home a different experience all together, the session taken by Vardan sir was refreshing in its own way. It’s good to reflect about the learning you had, listen to others the way they are living their life. All the members of the group are amazing, with full enthusiasm. I will cherish those memories through out my life. Thank you facilitators and the one’s who bring out this concept of life class. A different and unique one for me.
The visit to Ambika Niketan, an old age home came out as a surprising experience for me. It was a unique opportunity to hear and feel their love, warmth and feelings. In their reverberating laughter and wrinkled faces, I saw the vivid reflection of my grandparents. Being in their company for a few hours, I developed a bond that would be cherished for years to come. We indulged in entertaining the elderly and bringing precious smiles on their faces. It was an enriching experience for me to visit the old age home and interact with its inmates.
I would also like to take this opprotunity to thank my facilitators for being patient and understanding. You guys tried to make this life classes as lively as possible.
Life classes have been life-changing classes for me. As per the school mission statement, the life class sessions had truly helped us significantly build our characters, which gradually made us competent. Starting with the very first life class, which was about the First habit ‘Be Proactive’. All the engagements planned helped us learn the habits as well as inculcate them into our personal and professional lives. The debate and sharing of thoughts made us open-minded global citizens. Moving on to the movies aligned to the habits that made us connect to real life. Life class was a true example of learning with fun. The ice-breaking activity of the spider web helped us connect with each other and continue the same by synergizing in all the life class tasks. We shared life long bond with diverse learners. One of the most important learnings from life class is changing perspective toward things, people, and even life. Synergy games opened the doors for us to create synergy with our respective teams and with our work as well. Putting first thing first has made me realize the importance of prioritizing things that are important and immediate. I became more conscious about making a sharp divide between personal and professional life. Another important learning experience is that we should always try to understand people and not judge them. I realized how important it is to understand that people are different because they have different origins and different backgrounds. It became evident that people are shaped by experiences and history.
At last, I would like to appreciate the school for proving us with this wonderful opportunity to become responsible human beings. We came here as teachers and life classes made us LIFE LONG LEARNERS!!
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
Life class is a stretch of life lessons learnt throughout a long period of time. In this class, I learnt many different things and lessons, like how should we not judge people at the surface and also try to not doubt ourselves and change the vision of doubt and be more confident. How to be more confident and take the onus of my work and actions. We also did share a lot of stories on the way which made us see things through the eyes of others and also at the same time made us realise that our problems are not that big. I also learnt how to manage things and set an order to it by putting first things first, I also saw many movies like “Wake up Sid”, “Dil Chahta hai”, “Gold”, “102 not-out” and while all these were just movies before but after we watched these movies keeping in mind the 7 habits in mind it made me learnt new things about it. I learnt how to create and manage an emotional bank account and understand which quadrant I stand in and on the basis of that, I did change my life’s way of living by which I was spending more than I was earning and now I am saving from my earings. All these things and many more have helped me become a better person overall. We also did a lot of acts and performances which taught me how teamwork and make everything very effortless. We went to Suvali beach and played games there by which we learnt synergy. I have applied a lot of things from these learning to my professional as well as personal life.
I am thankful for each one of here and the facilitators that I met and the friends that I made, by the end of it I am a little sad, but I am also very glad that I have been given this opportunity to know and learn something many don’t.
Thanks & Regards
It was an amazing experience, these 9 classes have helped me a lot in both perosnal and professional front.
Few takeaways from these classes are:
- Gratitude is a selfless act – we often tend to take people for granted and many a time we forget to show gratitude to the most important people in our life. After the session, I gave a rose to my parents saying how important they are to me and how much I love them for all that they have done for me. These little gestures of showing gratitude bring big changes in our lives.
- Another takeaway was prioritizing your task and learning to say NO. It’s important to be more selective so that you don’t waste your precious time. In return, one can improve concentration, performance, and productivity. And most importantly, “Only when you say no, you can focus on what really matters. Furthermore, mastering the art of saying “no” gives you more control and lets you establish your own boundaries. If not, because you’re a people pleaser or just afraid to upset others, you’re giving up control to them. So if you don’t respect your time, why should someone else do it?
- It’s possible to disagree and both be right. Everybody views the world through their own unique paradigm.
- Having a emotional bank account- its so important to be there for someone emotionally and uplifting them.
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This requires learning how to listen.
- Be proactive. Between stimulus and response, we have the ability to choose.
- Private victories precede public victories. Self-mastery and self-discipline are the foundation of good relationships with others.
- Effective living requires balance between producing results and maintaining production capacity (the golden egg and the goose).
And the eye opener was the activity on “Death”, we really run after things that really do not matter much in life, only when we sit back and think about the most important part of life we realise that who and what is the integral part of our life and this activity helped me understand people that matters the most to me what all can I do for them – no matter what I won’t ever take them for granted.
Every class was very informative and helpful and will stay with me forever.
Kimmy & Siddhi
What I feel is critical means “दिल के साथ दिमाग का उपयोग करना”.. Which will help to solve problems in a right way. Before asking the problem, we should frame/ understand the questions properly. So asking the right question, identifying the problem, analyzing, evaluating, and then making a decision will be a conscious choice from now on. It doesn’t matter what we believe about anything, but it’s necessary to understand why we are believing the same and it’s right or no. Critical thinking can balance your life. not only thinking, but this thinking or this understanding should be deliver while you are discussing or arguing with anyone. To prove your point it’s necessary to understand it logically, critically and then expressing the same then only people can understand your point.
To take any major or smaller step one should think emotional as well critical to balance life.
Critical Thinking sessions enabled me to make sense of why we act the way we do, and the place those approaches and behaviors stem from. While in some sense there was already some implicit understanding of it (or so I thought), these interactions allowed us to consciously connect the dots and put names on those feelings, especially biases.
On multiple occasions when we collaborated, it expanded my knowledge set and offered opportunities to acknowledge diverse view-points, often making me reflect on my own, and even alter them.
I had always thought of myself as an open-minded person, deliberately wanting to accommodate others’ beliefs duly, but these interactions also shed light on how one must also be pragmatic and not just let our prime emotions take the driver’s seat.