Time for a change!
I have written more than 250 posts since I started this blog in 3 languages (Japanese, English and Spanish).
The other day, I learned several things from people of different professional fields, which somehow motivated me to make a change in my blog: adding French.
You see and hear this word in many cases, be it classroom, presentation, job requirement or relationship: communication skill.
Some people are good at it and others are not. But what is it anyway and how can we improve it? Let me introduce some unusual ways that I think can improve communication skills. Since I am not even a specialist or anything, it will be a good reminder for me as well.
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy. And happiness is born from gratitude. (Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar.)
I didn’t have anything special today, but it was just a grateful day thanks to the five things I would like to share.
Opportunity opens up your antenna, which enables you to find something attractive.
To take an example of shopping, when you have no idea of what you want, it’s hard to find something attractive, whereas when you know what you want, it’s easier to find it in a store.
It’s because your antenna is wide open for finding that specific thing.
For me, it was Japan toward which I opened my antenna. When I was in Japan, I had little interest in touristic places in my country. But since I started living abroad, I became aware of being Japanese, which opened my mind to my own country. And every time I return, I decided to visit specific places I’d never been. And the more I travel, the more I realize that there are such a many great places that I never get bored of traveling.
But of course, traveling in Japan is not cheap, and I usually don’t have so much time when I return. This time, I spent only 1 week in Japan as a transit from Chile to Mongolia, but I could visit quite many places. And that was JR pass which made my journey possible.
Is today special to you?
I still remember this amazing gentleman in his mid eighties, who happened to be in a Queens Sunnyside library in New York a couple of years ago.
How much should I care about others?
I guess this is a fundamental question for everyone, especially for those who work in a field of development. There is no right answer to that. Then what about the next one:
How much should I care about the eyes of others?
When I was a child, I wanted to be a Ultlaman Seven (Japanese super hero who can convert into a big powerful man for 3 minutes)
3 minutes can change your mind.
3 minutes video to grasp current situation of education development
57 million children out of school
3 minutes video on Rights of Children
What are child rights?
Like the kid in this video says, I think the feeling of “That’s not fair” is the key to make us want to change. I want to contribute myself to development to make the world more just.
3 minutes can blow your mind. I want to make this kind of 3 minutes video to make a change like Ultraman did to me.
What can we do in 3 minutes?