Have you been up to the Student Life department lately? The contributors of The Leadership Office spend a lot of time on the third floor of the UC, and one of my personal favourite things about the department is the blackboard that sits behind the front desk. This board is always decorated with an inspirational quote, and I’d like to share this past week’s quote with you for Motivational Monday.
A recent quote on the student life blackboard, ‘The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling…” -Fabienne Fredrickson
So there you have it. Thank you to the wonderful people in the Student Life department who help students like myself discover and cultivate their passions!
Here is a great short clip from Dead Poets Society.
“O Captain, my Captain!”
We each need to find our voice, stand up, and salute those who inspire greatness in us!
Robin Williams in this movie inspired his students to follow their hearts even if it was against the grain. Who is your “O Captain, my Captain!” ?
Here are some riddles to warm up your brain this Monday morning:
Q1: What has 13 hearts, but no other organs?
Q2: Why did the boy throw butter out the window?
Q3: Which month has 28 days?
Q4: What starts with a P, ends with an E, and has thousands of letters?
Q5: What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
A1: A deck of playing cards.
A2: He wanted to see the butterfly
A3: All of them, silly!
A4: The Post Office!
Note to self: Relax (Source: Pinterest)
Need I say more? Have a great day off Gryphons!
If you think you are to small to make a difference try sleeping with a mosquito
Sometimes in life we can get discouraged because we don’t see how we can create change, have that ripple effect, and see the bigger picture results. However, let’s take a few steps back and realize that sometimes change just has to be small. Anyone has the power to make change. How do you achieve this? DRIVE! This is is what keeps you going, it is what keeps that mosquito going. Change is not a want, it is a basic need. If you think about it that way then treat making change as you would finding food survive. That basic drive is what motivates you to keep on going. Use that as your fuel! So my question to you, is what are your next steps?
For today’s Motivational Monday we would like to share a ted talk by Nick Vujicic. Born without legs and arms, Nick continues to inspire various individuals all over the world with his story. Nick lives up to his ideals everyday as he appreciates things that he is blessed with rather than worry about what he doesn’t have.
Once you have finished watching the video, take a moment to reflect on how you perceive your life. Remember that it all depends on how you look at things, not what others believe it to be.
When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds or a hundred wishes. Source: Pinterest
This Motivational Monday, I’d like to ask you about your mistakes. When is the last time that you messed up? What about the last time that you admitted to messing up?
Sometimes the things that we set out to do don’t turn out as planned. Sometimes we can say Oops and move on, other times all that is needed is a band aid and some time to fix things up, and on occasion we have to look at what has happened and admit that it has not worked. This can be incredibly difficult. However, this week I’d like to urge you to look at mistakes not as failures, but instead as opportunities to rebuild. Try not to get discouraged when your plans are not as linear as you had hoped. We all make mistakes. The important thing is that we continue to feel OK with making them every once in a while.
Now go on and turn your Oops into opportunities!
“Avoiding Failure is to avoid progress” Image by Jeremy Vessey