Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Week 3 Reading

I thought last week's reading was really good, but this week I couldn't stop reading. I was blown away by the chapter on being a contribution. I love the thought of being a meaningful contributor instead of focusing on competition. Although I do have a competitive spirit, it's generally within myself. I strive to grow and be better than I was the day before. I especially enjoy collaborating and working together for the greater good. This chapter empowered me to value this about myself and strive to incorporate this in my future career path.

i also liked the chapter on accepting things the way they are. I realized that I spend tooo much time focusing on how I think things should be or I would like for them to be. Instead, if I allowed things to be just as they are, I can use my time to be in the moment or find solutions that would work better.


  1. Jennifer, I enjoyed the chapter on contribution as well. I think we are trained from youth to be in constant competition. A little friendly competition is good. Living in constant competition isn’t. I think you are right on when you talk about trying to be a little better today then you were yesterday. We should embrace the good things that we know about ourselves. I too, would love to learn how to be in the moment more often. All we can do is try to learn from our mistakes and try to do it better tomorrow. That’s all any of us can do. ☺

  2. Your post is the second one I’ve read this week that highlights the concept of contribution to be the most important take from the reading assignment. Aren’t we lucky to be able to contribute? Contribution could very well be another way of saying, “I have a purpose in life.” I’ve noticed that this week I’ve been taking inventory in the ways I contribute. Your enthusiasm for collaboration is inspiring. I’m going to leave my island of self-sacrifice and collaborate more. Recently I’ve teamed up with another teacher on a project for the kids. I have to admit that it not only feels good to make a project work for kids, but it also feels good to share that triumph with another person.

  3. It really is about finding the means to get from where we're at to where we want to be. So we don't lose sight of how we want the world to be as far as the world not being perfect, but instead of complaining we want to do our part to move the world in that direction.