Mas Amor Por Favor

Today we talked about social movements. What they are, how they are started and how to start on of our own.

Here is an amazing video about starting a social movement and the importance of followers rather than leaders.

 

 

If you feel inspired to follow me in the social movement I put into motion last week here is how you can do so:

Each Sunday, sit down, make 7 cards with phrases on them.

The phrases should be inspirational and come from the love inside you.

Then, as you walk through your day, be present. Pay attention.

When you see someone that looks like they could use some love, give them a card.

Smile.

And walk away, knowing, you just made their day a little better.

Here are some examples of cards I have made.

mas amor por favor

Also, if you need inspiration for quotes and phrases, just let me know!!!

I have a dream

This week we have talked about dreams and the various ways we can use the word dream: dream as a noun, like in Martin Luther King’s famous speech:

“…I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

Then, we can use it as a verb to mean something we hope to achieve or do in our life: I dream about traveling the world.

Take note, that, when used like this, the preposition is always about (not with) and because the preposition is followed by a verb, we must use the verb in gerund form travel-ing.

Finally, the verb dream can also be used to describe the subconscious activity the brain does while you are sleeping: I had a dream last night.

 

So, how does this word compare to the word goal? What are your dreams and what are your goals?

Do you remember?

Several months back we talked about the Slow Movement. Do you remember? Have you found ways to slow down? I know I haven’t!

Well, Carl Honore, the author of award winning book, In Praise of Slowness, is absolutely positive about everyday people “putting on the brakes” to their speedy modern lives and sees a shift in societies around the world from fast to slow.

He recognizes the difficulty in this change of paradigm, but also emphasizes, that it is not about slowing down to a crawling pace, but rather slowing down int he right moments.

“By slowing down at the right moments, people find that they do everything better: They eat better; they make love better; they exercise better; they work better; they live better.”

Here is a short speech he gives about the need to slow down and how he came to advocate the slow movement.

Using the comparative, how can you live slower than you do today? If you achieve slowing down, do you believe life would be better?

Irregular Comparative Adjectives

Adjective Comparative Superlative Example
good better the best irregular Tara is the best athlete in the school.
well (healthy) better the best irregular He is still in hospital, but he is better than he was last week.
bad worse the worst irregular You are the worst driver I have ever known.
far further the furthest irregular My house is the furthest one.
far farther the farthest regular My house is the farther one.
old (people in a family) elder the eldest irregular Ram is my elder brother.
old (general use) older the oldest regular Your teacher is older than my teacher.

The Power of Nonverbal

What is nonverbal communication? That is right! Body language. Ok, but what is body language?

Well, it is a way of communicating without using words, but, is that all it is? Is there something more to body language?

Amy Cuddy, Social Psychologist from the United States has found that our body language not only sends messages to the people around us, but it also shapes who we are! Amy’s studies have shown that our nonverbal communication governs how we think and feel about ourselves!

You can watch the film below to learn more, but before doing so, think about what kind of body language you have in different life situations.

What kind of body language should you have in a job interview? When you meet someone for the first time? At a business meeting or a business negotiation?

Using the models – should and must, make a list of how we should hold our bodies, and what we must and must not do in different social situations.

The difference between should and must

Present – Should vs. Must
SHOULD MUST
We use should to suggest something.  “It is advisable to…”   The modal should expresses opinion, one person’s point of view. We use must to express a stronger point of view.  “We need to…”  “We have to…” The modal must also expresses opinion, one person’s point of view.
We should protect our environment. It makes good sense. We must protect our environment, or our resources will disappear.
We should select cars that are more fuel-efficient. The car industry must change engines that burn fossil fuels.
We should use re-usable bags when shopping. Stores must give out recyclable plastic bags.

 

 

An Inspiring Song

This song never fails to make a gloomy day bright! I encourage you all to listen to this song, see if you understand the lyrics. What is the message of the song?

 

 

This is real talk

This is nonstop

It is loop now tongue and mind

Played off the sidewalk straight to your boom box

How it travels from here to memory

Well this is medicine

There’s a message from within

And each will find them in their own time

Well this is music

This is how I use it

It makes you move and move the movement

This is how I focus

Knowing it’s not hopeless

But it sure starts with me and ends on a whole note

Musical medicine, this is my healing, for past and present future things to come.

I see people stressing over space and possessions

Out of fear of need for visualate (visualize)of our abundance

Give me examples or something tangible

Something I can get my hands on and find real meaning

Where is the medicine, well I’ve been searching

I suppose each will find their own kind

Well everything’s at stake

It makes it hard to concentrate

There are men who see a war and see a paycheck

Such different programming

To live so fearfully

Terror this and terror that terrible reality

There is no medicine on the television so turn it off and turn yourself around.

Let’s just face it, the world’s fucking racist

Even the most peaceful of us gets caught in the trend

To live cohesively is almost a fantasy

And we ought to know it starts with humbling our egos

What is the medicine for cultural wounding?

Has its moments, has its melodies, has its time.

Well I was listening to the outgoing seasons

About climate change and other reasons

When the sky opened like I had been hoping

And there came horses by the thousands and there was thunder on their tongues and lightening on their minds

And they were singing this old melody from some other time.

Chorus

They sang don’t waste your hate

Rather gather and create

Be of service

Be a sensible person

Use your words don’t be nervous

You can do this you’ve got purpose

Find your medicine and use it.

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The Power of Vulnerability


 Watch Brene Brown’s explanation of the power of vulnerability.

We have talked a bit about this in class, but as you watch it, listen for new vocabulary.

What sort of things make you feel vulnerable in life?

Do you often  give in to our fear in order to experience the full effects of being vulnerable?