“There is no such thing as “wrong.” There is only that which does not serve you.”
– The New Revelations by Neale Donald Walsch
This quote makes the think about my choices and the choices of my students. If we truly believe that learning is a process- a journey- then this quote rings true. Nothing we or our students do is wrong… it is just a question of three principles:
- (1) functionality (instead of morality)– whether something worked or did not work based on what you were trying to be or do. Did your choice produce the result/outcome/experience that you wanted? This is what works or doesn’t work versus right or wrong.
- (2) adaptability (instead of justice)– if something is not working for you, you make a change or find a new way. Did you make an adjustment to go on in a way that works for you? This is correction instead of punishment.
- (3) sustainability (instead of ownership)-things are placed in your care; they are not your possessions to do with as you please. Can you maintain long-term balance or growth in your life/classroom/etc.? This is about being stewards versus having certain “rights” over what you think you possess.
When we take the judgement out the equation, we are free to see what is the “best” path to take us to where we want to go or who we want to be. Change is easier to accept and not so personal and stressful.
Just ask yourself these three questions:
- Is this working for me?
- Is there a more direct way to where I want to go?
- Can I keep this up over time?