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“I am because you are.” Ubuntu Philosophy – Interdependence


We are all individuals, yet we are all also part of families, schools, teams and peer groups. Our identities are shaped by what we think of ourselves and the groups we are a part of. The value of interdependence is hard to appreciate because we often want to focus on our own acco ..
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“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” William Shakespeare – Communication


How do you know when to speak up? We're always telling kids to listen and to speak their mind. What we rarely do is help them discern when it is appropriate to listen and when it makes more sense to speak. Some suggest that listening to everyone is always a better way to go, b ..
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“The first duty of society is justice.” Wendell Phillips – Duty


Justice is often defined as a sense of fairness and equality which society has a natural obligation to bring about. Seen in this way, justice is a first priority that when met will yield all other benefits to citizens. Others may argue that there are other, more pressing responsi ..
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“You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.” Navajo saying – Education


Can you motivate people who are reluctant to learn? Motivating people to do things is exhausting, and many times futile. It happens in the classroom with students who are reluctant to do work. Sometimes the reluctance comes from the fact that they don't have the skills to succ ..
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“To handle yourself, use your head, to handle others, use your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt – Social Awareness


When should you have empathy for others? Sometimes it's important to follow rational thinking to solve problems. In those cases, turning off our own emotions helps lead to a solution. When dealing with others, however, the opposite is often true. We need to turn off rational t ..
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“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” Booker T. Washington – Self-development


When should you put others' needs above your own? When we come to the aid of others, we also become happy ourselves by virtue of doing the right thing. It makes us feel worthwhile when we serve others. But happiness can come to us through a different path, where we focus just ..
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“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” Elbert Hubbard – Decision Making


Should you fear mistakes? We all know what it feels like to be afraid of doing something. We hesitate, delay and ultimately choose to do nothing and then devise elaborate justifications for our inaction. Fear overcomes our courage. Yet, we also know the feeling of making quick ..
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“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb – Cooperation


How do we know when cooperation is the best strategy for success? Working with other people is hard if you like to work fast. You have to slow down, compromise and wait for people to catch up to your pace. On class projects this can be a brutal experience. Going alone is so mu ..
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“Conscience doth make cowards of us all.” William Shakespeare – Decision Making


Is it brave to do the right thing? Thinking about the right way to act requires patient and careful thought. Acting from a good conscience in this way conveys strength and confidence. But our conscience also makes us feel weak; oftentimes we don't know what the right choices a ..
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“It isn’t where you come from; it’s where you’re going that counts.” Ella Fitzgerald – Goal Setting


Should we look to the future or past for guidance? On some level, everybody is looking for a purpose in life. Finding that purpose starts with an understanding of who we really are. That's when confusion sets in. On the one hand, we have a history of past decisions that define ..
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“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” Rosa Parks – Self-Awareness


Should we be a role model for others? When we are being watched by others, we are compelled to do the right thing and that benefits the world. Being a role model has inherent value, but it is a difficult job that comes with significant sacrifice. It means that sometimes we can ..
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“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” Lau Tzu – Self-Discipline


Should you always try to get what you want? Mind control is a form of self-discipline that is so difficult to master. In tense, stressful moments, our natural reaction is to use our mind actively to control the situation and many times that is exactly what we need. In other se ..
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