Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Agenda: Wed & Thu Nov. 18/19, 2009

Quote of the Day:

1.  Tutoring for first 1/2 of the period.
2.  Juniors will present their Video Projects on the college of their choice.  If time remains we will watch RTN Lesson #7
Sophomores will watch Lesson #9 "Making it Work":

We will read this from the RTN.org Website:
    Making it work is about putting all of the other Axles together.  By now, you have been exposed to a lot of insights from the road and hopefully you have a better grasp of the common themes that bind the Leaders’ stories together.  What is important to remember as you continue on your journey is that these themes will forever weave themselves into your own life.  Now that you are familiar with them, you’ll be able to recognize that the role each of these themes plays in your life constantly evolves as your circumstances change and you continue to refine your road.  Allowing this evolution is not easy – there will be compromises and decisions you have to make along the way, you will have to maintain focus and balance, and you must continually be an active participant in order to make it all work.
    While ”making it work” includes finding creative solutions so that you can continue paying the bills while doing what you love, it also includes the ability to recognize when things need to change, knowing when circumstances are out of your control, and not being hard on yourself when things don’t work out the way that you planned.  All of these things require persistence, dedication, stamina, tenacity, and the ability to find a balance between dreams and reality.  While the ability to bring all of these qualities into your life on a daily basis seems like a tall order, the cost of the alternative – living a life that does not align with who you are – far outweighs the constant practice of making it work.
     As you begin defining life for yourself, there are going to have to be a lot of compromises you make.  For example, if you’re like most people, you may have to work to support yourself while in pursuit of what it is you are passionate about.  You might have to take a low-paying internship, or even work for free just to be a part of something you are interested in – and that’s OK.  It’s this hard work and dedication that will enable you to continue building a life around what you love, and eventually you will be able to get to a place where you do not have to make these compromises.  Just like many Leaders have done, the more dedicated you are to incorporating your passions into your daily life, the more you will set yourself up for opportunities that align with what you want to do.
Students will discuss these questions when the video ends. (We will use the RTN books to help us)

1.  Using what you have learned from the Axles of The Roadtrip Nation Experience, now how are you going to respond to the question, “So what do you want to do with your life?” 
2.  Think back to your response when you first answered this question in Lesson 1.  Now that you have had a chance to absorb the Leaders’ common themes, which, if any, of the Axles shaped your response above the most?

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