Today's slice of life is dedicated to our integrated curriculum unit #Resilience.
The focus for my slice today, is ways in which you can build resilience.
According to the American Psychological society there are 10 ways to build resilience :-
1. Make connections.
2. Avoid seeing problems as problems
3. Accept that change is a good thing
4. Make goals and move towards them
5. Look for opportunities of self discovery
6. Take action
7. Nurture a positive view of yourself
8. Keep things in perspective
9. Be hopeful
Finally, and most importantly take care of yourself.
I tell my class that my art skills are not strong. I am so envious of people who can just pick up a piece of paper and pen and create a masterpiece. When I was in middle school, in art class we had a elderly teacher who was German with a very strong accent who had definite ideas about what a piece of art should look like. She nurtured students with "talent", and the rest of us were left to muddle through the curriculum. Needless to say, I was not inspired.
So, it was with great interest, that I read a news story last year about a lady (Pip Taylor) who had developed an amazing ability to draw after suffering a brain injury. She suffered serious bruising to her brain when she tripped and fell on some stairs. The brain is such an amazing organ; so much so that when your brain receives trauma another part of the brain "takes over".
This story provided a connection to another video that I had seen a few years ago. The video highlighted the talents of a young man named Stephen Wiltshire, an artistic savant who draws from memory. His sister described that "drawing for Stephen is like air and water for us. He cannot live without it." "Every aspect of what he sees comes alive on paper, watching the ink on paper is like fine embroidery".
Stephens motto " Do the best you can and never stop".
Truly an amazing, inspirational young man.
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