One assignment every child should have…

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It is quickly approaching back to school time in our home.  Buying school clothes, stationery supplies and nervous comments about the upcoming hard work of assignments.  Three of our five kids are preparing for the school changes that are coming, but they would prefer to continue the summer free as a bird playing and watching movies and sleeping in.  School is a somewhat stressful assignment which helps our kids to understand our world, to develop their abilities, to get mentored by people who care and to make new friends.

I’ve been mindful recently about human creativity and its impact on the world and human progress. I am convinced that almost every human being has untapped creative ability. Unfortunately the majority of us are not actively creating.  A small minority of people create the majority of the content, entertainment and products that we consume.

Human creativity is unique to each person, it is a natural gifting, it is how we are wired deep within and is not necessarily something that we can form in ourselves. It can however be oppressed or hindered and attempting to access that part of us is often a life-long struggle.

As I have shared in the past, human creativity can easily be covered over by emotional wounds, by mental clutter and by not thinking for oneself.  An education can go a long way in removing these creativity-killing forces in people’s lives. A decent education can provide the tools needed to succeed in life, it can provide the knowledge to understand the world we live in and an education can unleash the creative spark that God has placed in all of us. An education provides self-confidence, it provides clarity of focus, it provides loving mentors and life-long friends which open up a world of opportunities.

Unfortunately not all children of the world have access to a formal education.

  • Worldwide, nearly 80 percent of primary-school-age children attend school. In least developed countries, this figure is around 66 percent.
  • The largest out-of-school population is in sub-Saharan Africa, where around 45.5 million children of primary school age are out of school.
  • Of the 67 million primary-school-age children who do not attend school, 53 percent are girls.
  • Worldwide, only 49 percent of children of secondary school age actually attend secondary school.
  • Of the 49 percent of secondary age students who do not attend school, 52 percent are girls.
  • The world’s functional illiterates include more than 130 million children who do not attend school, 73 million of them girls.

Sources: www.crin.orgwww.unicef.orgwww.childinfo.org

Hundreds of millions of children without the basic assignment of going to school, of learning to read and write and add numbers.  The world might be a better place if more people had access to quality education, if they had freedom from slave labor, freedom from a life of debilitating debt and oppression so that they can explore their abilities and gifting’s. 

The good news is that we are not powerless! Those of us who have been blessed financially can help these children. Through generosity and compassion we can bless children directly with an education and the nutrition needed to attend school.  We can give children the blessing of a school assignment, one great way to do this is to connect with Compassion International.  This organization connects generous people who have the means to share some of their wealth with the children of the world who need help getting to school and getting a decent meal every day.

Sponsor a child today and give them the assignment of school that they so desperately need.  You may be educating and feeding the inventor of the cure for cancer, or the preacher who changes the world or future the world leader that determines what type of world that future generations live in.

 

What would your life be like without an education?

003 – Emotional Wounds and Creativity

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Emotional Wounds Alter our Creative Abilities and Usually Hinder Productivity…

Creativity Tips: Just try something new.  To do this better we must look at failure differently, most people are so utterly afraid of failing that they won’t try anything new. We have much inside to access, try something new that you’ve been afraid to do.

Creativity Foundations: “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Deal with the wounds that hold you back, face your pains, your sorrows and your abuses. Facing these, “mourning” is a powerful healing process.

We can apply this to a corporate setting, if there is an abusive or unfair culture or behavior-set that exists in your team, this will cap the performance of most of the team members, as with individuals, this will hinder creativity and productivity.  Only leaders can bring change, bring healing and stop the “injuries” happening in the culture.

Creativity Thoughts: Emotional wounds and creativity

Creativity needs freedom to thrive

“create a culture that liberates passion and frees up creativity.”- Lina Echeveria

Check out the Emotional First Aid with Dr. Guy Winch video

Also check out Episode 42 of Lewis Howes’ podcast on this emotional wounds topic.

Six emotional wounds: FAILURE, GUILT, REJECTION, LONELINESS, LOSS & TRAUMA, LOW SELF-ESTEEM

Effects of failure:

  • Failures can distort our perception of our goals.
  • Failure changes perception of our abilities.

Guilt makes us adopt self punishment and prevents us from enjoying life.

Rejection even hurts when we hate the rejectors and when we know its not even real. The same pathways in brain light up the same for rejection with physical pain.

We are wired to feel pain of rejection strongly to protect us. Rejection are the cuts and scrapes of daily life. To heal rejection we need to revive our self-worth

Loneliness – 40% of adults experience loneliness, it damages us psychologically, loneliness puts us at risk for altzeimers and flu. Risk factors of loneliness can shave years of our lives just like cigarettes.  Loneliness is like muscle atrophy.

Announcements: Looking for feedback for my creativity e-course before it is finalized, the course is 90% written, video taping will begin soon.  The course is intended to help the student discover and unleash their unique creative abilities in order to change careers, start a new business or start a hobbby.  If you are interested and or willing to give me feedback and/or criticism about this course please comment below or send me a quick email at collierak@me.com.

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