Rapid Fire Learning is a monthly feature that our Ho‘ohana Community normally hosts at our Joyful Jubilant Learning neighborhood on the 25th of each month. March is the only exception, when we take an RFL break to wholly invest in A Love Affair with Books.
However RFL is a habit that does not stop for me. It takes me no more than five minutes time sitting at my keyboard, and those five minutes, reflecting on what I’ve learned over the past month, are very fulfilling for me. ‘Ike loa [the Hawaiian value of learning] is both personal value and innate strength for me, and thus RFL is like a gift I give myself, where
RFL learning reflection =
affirmation in value alignment + celebration of strength
= increased emotional health
That’s a great thing to be carrying forward for the next month to come!
So here are my 5 RFLs for March. If you have the RFL habit too I warmly invite you to jump in: The comments are open! Mine are a little different than the norm in that I’ve added my MWA value alignment. Over the past month”
1. Within ‘Ike loa, the value of learning:
First on my list is more an affirmation of our lifelong learning passions as the Ho‘ohana Community: There is absolutely no question that we share a very broad and very deep love of books. March has become such a tremendous celebration of our book-triggered learning hosted by our Joyful Jubilant Learning neighborhood; it really is tremendously energizing.
Here is the index of books reviewed todate: Which books have been added to your shopping list so far? Reading more fiction has been one of my intentions, and The Shack turned out to be a cover-to-cover single day read for me thanks to ALAWB09.
2. Within Lōkahi, the value of collaboration:
The rougher our challenges in today’s economy, the more important our network of relationships, and our unity as human beings. This is not the time to hunker down in a way that withdraws you from other people; together we are better, stronger, more tenacious, and more resilient. Together we are so much more clever and inventive, and we come to much better decisions when we keep our shared humanity in mind. I am so very proud of those I see in our Ho‘ohana Community who are feeling the pain of these times yet still reach out with their arms opened wide. What fabulous teachers they are; what inspiring people.
3. I’ve been reminded this month that the things we’ve taken for granted our entire lives tend to be the things which we really need to work on most (for instance, talking). Our comforts and our habits are usually riddled with auto-pilot, and with the maintenance and busywork which eat away at the valuable time we have available to us each day.
Thus, within Kākou, the value of inclusiveness (and our ‘Language of We’):
I am relearning to communicate effectively. Conversation should be a natural for this “talking story” pusher right? Wrong. Our Ho‘ohana Community is enjoying a wonderful growth spurt, and I am finding I must diligently concentrate on how I communicate as both giver and receiver. I am very conscious of not screwing up with my follow-up, and my current target for relearning is email.
My 4th and 5th RFLs are both within Mālama, the value of stewardship:
4. Health trumps everything else. When you, or someone in your family is less than completely healthy there is nothing else that really matters, nothing. Everything else stops, everything else waits. Don’t let me worry you ”“ I’m fine! My learning is about some of the things I must not ignore so that statement will always be true for me and for my family.
5. Right behind health, our financial comfort is probably trumper #2, something the current recession is making brutally clear. I wrote about this back in February in an article called Money is not evil; we can learn from our mistakes. Much financial literacy in my learning this month, and since the U.S. and State of Hawai‘i tax men both come knocking each April, I’m betting many of you share this one with me in your attentions too.
However that last one is the only assumption I’m making! What five things would you list as your Rapid Fire Learning in March? If you comment with your learning, I’ll comment back with the MWA value-alignment I notice for you. Deal?
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From the MWA Coach: 25 Reasons to Adopt Rapid Fire Learning
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