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Friendship, the kind that lasts a lifetime.

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Friendship happens when someone believes the best in you at all times; it can also mean many things. Sometimes, it can be someone that protects you when you cannot stand up for yourself. A friend is someone who will be standing in your corner, ready to help you at any time. A friend will push you to be the best version of yourself and is the first to stand and clap for you when you succeed. A true friendship is God’s way of reaching down and hugging you at your best and at your worst. Also, a true friendship is easygoing without many conflicts.
As there are so many things in this world that stress and force heartache, worrying about having a friend must be the least of worries in life. I would love to be a friend that is always there no matter what. A supportive, trustworthy, loyal, and always down for a good cocktail!

Somewhere along the way in life, there is a shift – from the ties of childhood and college memories to an actual connection that spreads beyond social commitment. Our extra time lessens as our ability to navigate through the negativities in life heightens. And that’s when we identify with those who will be with us for the long haul. We may not speak every day or every week but when the conversation and connection happen, it will last over. When you are in need, your closest friends will make you a priority and help you out; such a bond is no longer called friendship – it is called family.

Friendship, in my opinion, has a whole new meaning in this season of life. It is your gift to pick and choose and build your team member by member by knowing the value of the power and bond you share. A true friend loves the imperfect you, the confused you, the wrong you – because that is the real you. All at the same time, they celebrate you, cheer for you and show up for you, no questions asked. Although, it may not be a big group, but a solid and genuine friend that expects nothing more than your company in return. Throughout my twenties, I’ve learned so much about genuine love and realized the importance of cultivating relationships and surrounding yourself with people who get you on a soul level.

We all have people in our lives who come and go – seasonal friends if you will. But, the older I get, the more thankful I am for those few friends who are genuine women in my life whom I never have to question. They show up in every way – and it’s easy. As I’m rounding out my twenties, I have not only learned a lot but have also been continually reminded that this is the age and stage of life where a lot of those life-long friendships get cultivated.

I have always been more of a few ‘best’ friends rather than lots of acquaintances kind of person, and close relationships mean everything to me. I would like to see soft-hearted, strong-minded, and humble as some of the main qualities of my best friends. Such friends will always think alike and will not talk behind your back as they respect the bond of friendship they have with you. Also, I can simply look at them and they will know what I’m thinking. A long-lasting friend would not hesitate to get down on their knees and pray behalf.

When it comes to finding long-lasting friends, I appreciate assertive women because they are an inspiration to me and they have been through many hurdles in life. Those that faced many challenges in life, always have a story to tell, as those stories are valuable life lessons that shaped them. These are the ones whom you should run into and get advice when you are in need or feeling down. Women who support that way without hesitation genuinely would want the best for us.

To sum up, in order to have long-lasting friends, we need to understand who are the ones we know will defend us. And trust us with their whole hearts, as well as understand what unconditional love truly means and prove it.

Written by: Rtr. Amatulla Aliasger

Edited by: Rtr. Imesha Ilangasinghe

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Gender Equality

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Before we understand the concept of gender equality, we need to ensure that we have a fundamental idea of what equality means. Making sure that each individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents, despite the major demographic factors inclusive of religion, race, and gender, is considered to be one of the most essential factors required to ensure that equality among the cultures or sexes is nurtured. Gender equality is a human right that expects all genders to be provided with equal chances and opportunities in all aspects.

Dating back to when women were only expected to engage in domestic duties, it is evident that they were viewed as the weaker part of the community. Their opinions were often neglected when it comes to making certain decisions due to the common practice of relying on men for financial support.

Due to societal norms around the world, the majority expects women to be patient and soft. They are working for the “man that provides for the family”. Upon review, it can be stated that being born as a female is considered an offense in some parts of the world, taking into consideration the fact that the mother is blamed by those who have not been educated from a biological standpoint, about the said “mishap”.

“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong.”

– Emma Watson

Other than these two genders, the different genders such as non-binary, transgender, etc. have been going through many hardships for a very long time. They were not even treated and accepted as a part of society for years. And they still find it challenging to live a simple everyday life. History shows us enough evidence that society has never been fair to them. Although we can see the state of acceptance by society, and the improvement of people’s attitudes towards them, they continue to face exclusion and discrimination. These occur in the industries such as education, employment, and health care – as well as within homes and communities. And many were harassed, beaten, sexually assaulted, tortured, and killed.

We can start attaining Gender equality from the smallest part of the community, which is home. We can begin by accepting them, showing respect, and cooperating. Parents have the habit of providing pink to girls and blue to boys, buying cars and gun toys for the boys and dolls and kitchen sets for the girls. As parents, we should encourage our children to respect their differences and give them a proper environment to grow, learn, preserve and be non-biased about their choice of colors, toys, and games. Whatever a child sees and learns in childhood will be reflected when they become adults. Children pick up knowledge and are influenced by what they see and hear from others. They frequently mimic people they observe in books, movies, and their environment. So, the lesser the gender prejudice mannerisms in any characters portrayed in the media, the better environment is provided to the children to absorb equality.

Gender equality in education is crucial because it has a huge impact on children. Giving unbiased examples, including all students in courses, having comprehensive sex education programs, and supplying adequate sanitation facilities should be maintained. Due to inadequate school facilities, reports show that many females drop out of school.

When it comes to the work environment, giving women and men the same respect is the first step in the practice of gender equality. Equal possibilities for promotion must exist to ensure better equality in the work culture.

Equal participation by all genders in decision-making, household tasks, and care needs to be encouraged. Everyone must be treated with respect and on an equal footing. As gender equality improves the safety and health of our communities, promoting gender equality can result in a more peaceful society. Involving women and gender-diverse groups in all decision-making processes can lead to sustainable peace in the long run.

Written by: Rtr. Divani Canisius

Edited by: Rtr. Imesha Ilangasinghe

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Blind Walk

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“There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.”

-Helen Keller

Blind Walk is an initiative commemorating World Sight Day on the 2nd Thursday of the month of October, making it the largest eye donation campaign in the world; to create awareness about blindness, raise funds to support the community, and raise pledges for eye donation. What started with three Blind Walks in 2014 has developed into a global program involving 55 locations in five countries in 2016. World Sight Day is an International Day of Awareness, held annually on the second Thursday of October. World Sight Day is a reminder to you, to love your eyes. World Sight Day is an opportunity to focus the world’s attention on eye health as a global issue, raises awareness of eye health amongst individuals, families, and communities, and is a platform to influence decision-makers to prioritize eye health initiatives and help activate demand for eye health services globally.

Living with the invisible is not easy, the people who are blind, have a lot of limitations in their life. There are difficulties in work and living in society. They cannot drive and work in a career that requires their eyes to be important. Some people who are acquired blind, might still not accept their status, feel sadness, and fear, and cannot take care of themselves. Visually impaired people have a harder time of life than normal eye people. The striking experience of Blind Walk is that a visually normal person is blindfolded and led along a 1 to 1.5km route, which is utterly in the darkness on the road for an hour. This will give the feeling of being visually impaired and to understand the darkness of their world. The objective of Blind walk is to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and improved quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.

The Rotary Club of Colombo Mid Town along with the Rotaract clubs of Achievers Lanka Business School, Australian College of Business and Technology, Colombo Mid Town, and University of Colombo Faculty of Management and Finance join together to organize the BLINDWALK in Sri Lanka. Blind Walk is an award-winning project initiated with the aim of alleviating the plight of the visually impaired. However, the Blind Walk 2021 was held virtually with a Talk Show and an open mic night due to the pandemic. Last Year a blind challenge was held among the Rotaractors to experience the hardness of doing daily activities with a blindfold. Dr. Vasuki Gurusamy, a consultant Eye Surgeon from The Kalubowila Teaching Hospital was the guest speaker on the Talk show and she gave an insightful view on Blindness and its reasons. Blind Walk 2022 is going to be held for the sixth time, and this year in a different way including the walk and a carnival.

The Blind Walk 2022 is planned such that it reaches more audiences than before. This year’s Blind Walk will witness the walk and a carnival happening on the 22nd of October 2022 at Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre Car Park. The theme of the walk this year will be “Walk for light, in sight” and it aims to promote pledges for eye donation, collect funds to support the visually impaired, and provide them with an opportunity to reveal their talents in the open mic night. The walk will start from Viharamahadevi park at 3 p.m. and let a normal person blindfolded and led by a visually impaired person to an extent of a 1.5 km route. Then it will be followed by a fun-filled Carnival. This will consist of various types of stalls and DJs where the members of Rotaract and a few visually impaired people will perform on the stage. After 2 years of virtual sessions, The Blind Walk 2022 welcomes you all to get the real feeling of Blind Walk.

Let’s join together and get a wholesome feeling of lighting up the darkness in someone’s life!

Written by: Rtr. Ramajini Gnanasuthan

Edited by: Rtr. Imesha Ilangasinghe

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Life

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Every person has a life. And each has a different way or various means of living their life. Therefore, it can be said that the purpose of life varies from person to person.

Life has its ups and downs. If a person is sad, their perspective of the world can form a negative point of view. There can be instances where they feel as if their whole world has collapsed and nothing is left to be done, mostly in extreme situations. And if a person is happy he or she will feel like they are at the top of the world. Happy people often view the world as a positive and hopeful aspect of life. Although an exact definition for life cannot be given, one may say that life is the existence of every animal including human beings.

Life consists of emotions and moments for people and these factors can be extremely time sensitive. All emotions are present for a short period. And it is risky for one to judge their life based upon those moments and emotions. When you are feeling down, finding happiness can be an overwhelming task. But having correct methods that suit you to be the best and most relaxed version of yourself leads to a happier version of you. The happier you are, the more you attract and radiate positive energy to the people around you. Which results in an elevated version of oneself. Although you are happy, it can be impossible to make everyone else happy as people are different and it might lead to people pleasing personality if you do not define strong boundaries for yourself.

Your life is yours, make it the way you want. To live a memorable and quality life, a person needs to identify their unique self, and have good emotional and physical health as well. In addition, an individual should have realistic goals that are achievable in life. As life does not stop for anybody, people should use their time of life wisely. They must understand that life is very short. Regretting over past matters, being sulky, moody, sad, feeling angry and other negative emotions takes your quality time of life away so that you can enjoy a happier version of yourself. Therefore be mindful of your thoughts about where you will chase after your dreams, stand up for yourself, go out and have fun, make new friends, help others, make yourself and your parents proud, etc.

In situations where you feel sad, it is important to think about how grateful you are for the life that you have. Practicing the art of gratitude helps you to focus on the greater things that you have achieved in life. This induces positive thoughts into you, such as, not having to spend your life just in vain but rather with some great purpose. Being grateful makes you appreciate the life that you have as there can exist a person, who would have dreamt of living your life.

You are the artist of your life so do not give the paintbrush to anyone else to paint it. Similarly try to be uniquely yourself, because none of us are the same but every one of us is different.

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy”.

-Dalai Lama

In general, there are situations in life where you can get hurt. For which you will think that you will not be able to stand again. As much as we would want to make sure such incidents do not occur in life, there is always a chance that can happen. But make sure not to indulge in a mindset such that you feel you cannot outgrow.

Although all these thought processes take place inside your head, trying to change the perspective can be a bit challenging, but doable. And seeing the beauty of the world, and things that you appreciate in your life bring the best version of life for you. The future can be unpredictable, but work hard and work smart to make your future bright so that you get to live a life with quality and mindful happiness.

“Everything Negative – Pressure, Challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise”.

– Kobe Bryant.

Keep in mind that things that made you fall are your strengths. Besides, not letting oneself down twice for the same reason induces growth out of negative situations, which is an excellent example of personality development. As the legend, Kobe Bryant, himself said, the negativity in life is a lesson for you to grow in life. Once you overcome the hopelessness in life, you will pave the way to climb out of the pessimism.

In conclusion, life will be the best if you get to associate with good people who make you feel worthy, become confident in yourself, minimize insecurities, always try to do the things that you wanted to do in life, love yourself unconditionally and believe in yourself.

Shine bright like a diamond and be a better version of yourself every day even when life throws you lemons!

Written by: Rtr. Divya Dulanjali

Edited by: Rtr. Imesha Ilangasinghe

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Our Planet, Our Future

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Planet Earth supports the life of more than 8.7 million species, resulting in a rich Biodiversity. However, it is sad to see how Earth is currently experiencing extreme degradation by mankind, which has led to unprecedented climate change. The main cause for this is the extensive pollution due to growing population and industrialization. Pollution is the process in which undesirable toxic contaminants such as Air, Water and Soil contaminate our environment. This has led to sudden changes in the Ecosystem such as Global warming, which directly and indirectly leaves adverse effects on the lives of human beings, animals, and plants.

The question is, ‘How are we going to overcome this tragedy?’ Since our Childhood we wrote various essays about reducing pollution and preserving our environment. But did we mean every word we mentioned? Today, as teenagers and adults, have we put all that into practice to protect mother nature? Have we set an example to the younger generation through our actions? Just as the famous saying tells us “What goes around comes around’’, if we don’t take correct action against this, we will
have to face the consequences, if not immediately, at least some time later.

“Going Green” is a term used for the conservation of energy and preservation of the environment. Facing environmental hazards of pollution like global warming, citizens from every part of the world
are doing their contributions to lessen the emissions of greenhouse gases. A world agreement like the Kyoto Protocol is one of the manifestations that show that the world is serious about preserving the environment for future generations.

How can we really make a change?

Can we make a change? The answer is yes, but needless to say we have to put in effort. It all starts small, from our own home and daily routine, extending to things like Awareness programs and simple initiatives. Single-Use plastic, Preserving Fresh water and Reducing Consumption of Animal Protein are few examples to avoid this situation. The 3R Initiative is one of the most effective and efficient ways to reduce the pollution Footprint or by simple meaning, help cut down on the amount of waste we throw away.

Reduce

The best way to manage waste is not to produce it. This can be done by shopping carefully and being aware of a few guidelines such as purchasing products as bulked items. Larger economy sizes use less packaging and usually cost less per ounce. Reducing Disposable goods and using reusable items such as Cloth napkins instead of paper napkins, and Dish Cloth instead of paper towels could be small ways to reduce wastage.

Reuse

It makes economic and environmental sense to reuse products. Sometimes it takes creativity. Similar to the concept of reducing, reusing products for the same purpose, or reusing products for different needs can reduce global harm in unexpected ways. For example, supermarkets giving a small discount for customers that bring a cloth bag instead of using plastic bag, can drastically motivates the customer to be concerned about the environment.

Recycle

Recycling is a series of steps that takes a used material and processes, re manufactures, and sells it as a new product. Begin recycling at home and work. Buy products made from recycled materials. Look for the recycling symbols or ask store managers or salesmen to help you. The recycling symbol means one of the two things; either the product is made of recycled material, or the item can be recycled.

 
Water plays an important role in ecological systems, and is an indispensable component of human lives. As open environmental spaces, rivers are more likely to be polluted. This issue has received a great deal of attention, because concentrations of heavy metals in rivers continue to rise above the regional background value under constant anthropocentric disturbances, and has caused potential impacts on human health and ecological balance. For the ocean to thrive, we must look to the sources that feed it; our rivers. Rivers are the arteries of our blue planet but are treated like open sewers. Only 14% meet good ecological status and 3 in 4 poses a serious risk to human health. We could make a change. The petition to have 200 River Bathing Waters by 2030 to help #EndSewagePollution is a timely example.

A bit on the Contrary

Did you know that Air Pollution actually helps plants to grow faster? Researches have found that pollution allows the sunlight to scatter, allowing more plants to be in the shade. As a result of this, plants absorb Carbon dioxide more efficiently under polluted skies than under clean skies. It has also been found that this polluted air blocks in coming solar radiation, making the plant temporarily cooler. The Earth would actually be 0.5 – 1.1 degrees warmer if not for the polluted gases.

A take home

However, these fun facts work only for a small percentage. If we conclude and ask if pollution is Good or Bad, the simple answer is YES, it’s bad. Air pollution specifically increases the risk of respiratory infection, heart
Diseases, strokes, Lung Cancer, and more severely affect people who are already ill. Children, elderly individuals and people in low-income neighborhoods experience disproportionate health effects from air pollution. The effects of long-term exposure to lower concentrations of air pollutants could be more damaging to public health than short-term exposure to higher concentrations. For this reason alone, local authorities should take action to assess and improve local air quality. It is not advisable to wait for an episode of severe air pollution and then try to deal with its effects.
 
In conclusion, Environmental pollution has become a big concern when talking about saving the planet. To create the clean and healthy planet that we long, we need to adapt to various measures in order to reduce environmental pollution. Some of them include planting trees, reducing the use of non-renewable resources and proper disposal of waste. It is the responsibility of every individual, you and I, to save our environment from getting polluted. It is the responsibility of every individual to be an example to the younger generation. If we do so, together we can create a greener planet, a better future.

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Written by: Rtr. Saabith Sabry

Edited by: Rtr. Hiruni Hettiarachchi

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Whales – The giants in the ocean

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Whales (Cetaceans) (Wikipedia, 2022) are the largest animal in the world. They are widely distributed all over the world including the Arctic continent. There are several kinds of whales in the seven oceans. In addition to cold water, some whales prefer to live in warm water areas such as Florida, Hawaii, Australia, the Galapagos Islands, the Bahamas, and the Gulf of Mexico.

When it comes to types of whales, there are a few as mentioned before.

  • Beluga Whale

This whale is an arctic and sub-arctic cetacean. This type is known as a social animal. Beluga whales are white and have adorable faces. The USA aquariums own rescued Beluga whales, and they train them to perform in public events. In general, they can be found in coastal waters and around Arctic waters.

  • Blue Whale

This whale type is known as the largest animal in the world. Its maximum confirmed length can be identified as 29.9 meters. The lifespan of a well-grown blue whale can be up to 80 – 90 years. They can be found throughout the major oceans. They can be spotted swimming in colder regions such as the Arctic Ocean during feeding season. And they migrate toward tropical waters when mating (Whale Facts).

  • Killer Whale

The Killer whale, also known as the Orca, is a type of whale that belongs to the oceanic dolphin family. They are easy to recognize because of the black and white pattern on their body. Orca also can be seen travelling throughout the world’s major oceans. But they are more into cooler climates compared to tropical climates.

  • Sperm Whale

The Sperm whale/Cachalot is the largest among toothed whales and the largest toothed predator in the world. A well-grown Sperm whale can live up to 70 years and probably longer. And they can be found in all the oceans. Whereas female Sperm whales can be seen with their newborns near tropical waters. The male sperm whales can be seen travelling back and forth from the colder climates to the warmer climates during mating periods.

  • Narwhal Whale

Narwhals are known as the unicorns of the sea because of their “tusk” which possesses a protruding canine tooth. They mostly appear near Canadian arctic and Greenland waters throughout the year. During the winter season, they migrate from the coastal waters to avoid large ice and frozen water areas and again move back to coastal grounds during the warmer spring and summer periods (Whale Facts).

Reproduction

Whales are mammals and they nourish in their mother’s womb through an umbilical cord. The Whale pregnancy period ranges from 9 to 18 months. Unlike other fish in the sea, they give birth to grown whale calves like any other mammal. Whale calves are nurtured with milk from their mothers. Usually, whales breed seasonally in tropical waters. Female whales usually have one calf every 1 to 3 years and the most amazing fact is that whale calves can swim soon after birth.

Threats to Whales

Commercial whaling, ozone depletion, ocean pollution, global warming, and whale watching are considered threats that can affect the whales’ population.

  • Commercial Whaling

Commercial Whaling is the process of hunting whales for their body parts as meat, blubber, and tusks (Narwhal whales). Even though whaling is illegal in most countries, Iceland, Norway, and Japan are still engaged in whaling actively. Traditional whalers in the USA use harpoons when hunting whales.

  • Ozone depletion

When chlorine and bromine atoms come into contact with ozone in the stratosphere leads to the destruction of ozone molecules. Studies say that a single atom of chlorine has the ability to destroy over 100,000 ozone molecules. This ozone depletion leads to blistered or sunburned skin on whales in the wild.

  • Ocean pollution

Ocean pollution is another major threat to whales. The polythene and harmful chemicals dumped into the ocean by humans make the biggest mistake to the whole ocean’s biodiversity. Such polythene gets swallowed by whales alongside their usual food and gets stuck in their digestive system. It kills those whales or gives them bad pain throughout their lives.

  • Global warming

Global warming is the overall temperature increment in the whole world. It has led to the ice burg melt in the Arctic region which interrupts whales’ swimming route when the water gets colder. Especially blues whales can be seen during the feeding period near Arctic oceans. When the ice melts with global warming, they lose its destination and get lost.

  • Whale Watching

Whale watching is the practice of observing whales in the ocean. People tend to go to the ocean with huge boats to watch whales. This makes whales anxious and might lead to any aggressive reactions from their end. Interrupting their natural behaviour is a threat to whales even if we don’t take it seriously.

Steps towards whale conservation

The easiest step we can follow for our sea giants is to keep the environment and ocean clean. Don’t bring polythene or any kind of plastic to the beach. If you do so, make sure you recycle or dispose them properly. We can support the communities who work on conserving whales and other sea creatures. If you can’t stop the world from interrupting those innocent giants, make sure you don’t interrupt them by yourself. Another big step is reducing the carbon footprint. This means the total amount of greenhouse gases (carbon monoxide, methane) depends on our actions.

“The whales do not sing because they have an answer, they sing because they have a song.”

– Gregory Colbert.

References

  • Whale Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved from Whale Facts: https://www.whalefacts.org/where-do-whales-live/
  • Wikipedia. (2022, August 05). Cetacea. Retrieved from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetacea

Written by: Rtr. Chamodi Kaveesha

Edited by: Rtr. Imesha Ilangasinghe

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It’s Time to Stop Deflecting and Start Reflecting

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You may have heard the words, Go to your room, a handful of times. A statement that you have probably heard your parents tell, usually after a fight with your sibling or an act of defiance.

When we get told to go to our rooms, it is to punish us, but it is also an indirect way of teaching us to be a better version of ourselves. When we do something wrong, we get sent to our rooms. Being confined in a four-walled room, without a kindred soul to chat with, without a phone to scroll through (ideally) forces us to THINK; think about what we did and what droves us into doing it and reflect on ourselves.

Reflective thinking – what it means

Reflective thinking means taking the bigger picture, analyzing every nook and cranny, and understanding all of its consequences. It does not mean that you need to write down your plans or what you have done in the past. Reflective thinking means to truly understand or at least try to understand why you did what you did, and why that is important. It often includes delving into your feelings, reactions, and emotions.

Reflective thinking is considered a hard nut to crack because we all know that it is very easy to criticize others but judging ourselves gives us the jitters. So, we consider it a trivial task and tend not to address the elephant in the room. 

Why it’s important?

Reflective thinking is important as it gives us the true perspective of a situation which leads us to follow the right path. Perfection is a social construct. Striving to be Perfect is similar to fighting a losing battle. We all make mistakes. Apologizing for your mistakes is not that easy. It takes courage to own up and say sorry. But apologies are meaningless if not followed up with self-reflection and reflective thinking. It is a form of entitlement and emotional manipulation to think that we can be ignorant and take our mistakes for granted because we can apologize repeatedly.

Reflective thinking improves our decision-making skills. It increases one’s confidence in decision-making. Even the Greatest leaders have moments of self-doubt, which comes from wondering whether a snap judgment made was the right thing or not. Therefore, clarity from our past experiences and decisions matters and could diffuse those doubts and help you improve the decisions that we make, little by little.

The art and practice of self-reflection are important for all aspects of our life. It is preferred in academics as it enables students to judge their actions and freely express their feelings. This is important from a professional standpoint because, it teaches us to be self-critical, point out our own mistakes, and find solutions. Moreover, when we know our weaknesses and strengths, it is easier to bear criticism from others.

“Nothing and no one faze me as I am, my judge, jury, and executioner”, something like that.

Being able to express ourselves objectively is a good quality that is also useful in the corporate world; it can help us stand out amongst competitors while enabling us to adapt and evolve.

How we practice it?

Reflective thinking is also not a “One size fits all” concept. The way we go about it varies from person to person and their preferences and attitudes in life.

For example, if you are a person who likes to jot everything down, you can keep a journal to write about your experiences and try to make sense of them. On the other hand, if you are not ascribed by default, you can allocate a minute or two of your day to think, reflect and improve. 

Sometimes, we are put into environments beyond our control, that require us to reflect. It can be in a class where students are instructed to write a reflective piece on what they have learned; it can be in a social situation where you are required to be a moderator or where you have to defend yourself or someone else. Reflection can also come in the form of reviews and evaluations.

For all the psych nerds out there, here are some popular theories on reflective thinking and learning.

Kolb’s Learning Cycle

This is a four-stage learning cycle published by David Kolb. Each stage supports the next stage, which includes:

  • Concrete experience (having a new experience)
  • Reflective observation (reflecting on that experience)
  • Abstract conceptualization (learning from that experience)
  • Abstract experimentation (apply what you have learned from that experience)

Schön’s model

Schön’s model of the reflective thinking process, presented in 1991, is based on the concepts of

  • Reflection-In-Action 

Quick reaction and thinking take place when we are in the middle of an activity. This allows us to look at a situation, understand why it is occurring and respond accordingly.

  • Reflection-On-Action

Takes place when we look back at an activity, in which we are more likely to think more deeply about the way we were feeling and its cause.

Conclusion

Thinking too much (Overthinking) cannot be considered a good thing. Reflective thinking is always great, but overthinking can destroy you. Everyone makes mistakes, and many of us hold regrets. The decisions we make daily are difficult. Sometimes you make a choice that differs from expectations, and that is okay. Maybe you made the right decision, and it was a close call. That is okay too. Maybe you chose a course of action which had undesirable consequences. And that is okay. 

Your choices, decisions, and course of action are all your own and never NEED to lead to regret if you have the right mindset. The mindset should focus on decision making to transverse new lands of opportunities. Stop judging yourself on the road you took to get where you are today. Overthinking happens when we fail to realize that.

Every decision made has a consequence – good or bad, and they should never be feared, but rather encouraged. Trial and error help build character. Using your past experiences as a guide to help build your future is exactly what we need, at this time and age. 

“We don’t learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience”.

John Dewey

Written by: Rtr. Kaveesha Jeyanthan

Edited by: Rtr. Imesha Ilangasinghe

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Ego Kills Relationship

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Why would I? Why should I?

These egoistic words are the main cause of an end to all sorts of relationships.

What is ego?
“Ego” is simply explained as “I” or the self part of any person. It is that part of a person that defines itself as a personality, separate from the outside world. Ego is that part of us that experiences the outside world and reacts to it, acting as a mediator between us and our social and physical environment. Now, not all such interactions need to be positive, nor is it necessary that our reactions to these situations will be positive. All in all, not everyone is born with a raging ego, but almost all of us fuel our own egos, some knowingly or without knowledge.

Where else a relationship is when two people bond or connect based on the feeling of mutual trust, likes, dislikes, or love. It can be a relationship between family, friends, neighbours, passerby, or any other acquaintances. Having a good relationship is very important to sustain happiness. Relationships give a person a chance to get connected with the people around them and understand their true self.

If relationships never happened, you would not be able to tell the real person who you are. Relationships give you the chance to interact with the people you are closest to. If relationships did not occur, life would be boring. You would not be able to share your thoughts or gain a person’s respect. If my relationships with my friends and family ended, I would have nothing to look forward to when a day was bad, or if you just needed to have a good time.

Just a three-letter word, namely ‘ego’ kills a relationship with memories, trust, support, and moreover. An egoistic person battles his or herself against a relationship. Ego can ruin a friendship and put a barrier to family bonds.

A string of egoism spoils healthy to unhealthy relationships resulting in separation, hurt, tears of the other who did everything to preserve the relationship. Finally, the souls separate and memories fade. Regrets and stress are the outcomes of an egoistic person.

Your ego,
Pushes you into a maze,
A mirror maze,
Where everything seems real,
Until you walk towards it,
And end up,
Bumping into the mirror.

Ego has and always will be one of the main reasons for the downfall of human beings. The only thing we can do is to try and control our respective egos and not let them rule our heads. Every relationship works or breaks due to EGO. Without it we shall cease, to make anything out of life. On the other hand, if we possess too much egotism, we end up ruining every relationship. EGO is the only requirement to destroy any relationship so be the bigger the person, skip the “E” and let it “GO”.

Written by: Rtr. Raheesa Moulana

Edited by: Rtr. Loshini Gnanasambanthan

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A few lessons from the life of a “G.O.A.T”.

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When someone mentions the phrase “Greatest of all time” or simply the word “G.O.A.T”, several great names flow into our minds. These individuals have been titled as such for simply being exceptional at what they do and for leaving their mark stronger than the rest of the competition causing ordinary people, in order to embrace the lives of these greats for various reasons. But, among the greats there could also be a greatest, who would’ve just managed to outshine the others, and in my mind it’s the Great Muhammad Ali (formerly known as Cassius Marcellus Clay) – the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time.

Known to the majority for his achievements with regards to boxing, Muhammad Ali was far more than a boxer. Apart from his illustrious boxing career, his acts had impacted a vast set of people all over the world. A few events of his life have been adapted into this blog to give you an understanding on what led him to becoming who he was and how we too should incorporate these into our lives in order to succeed.

Case 01:

One of the many things Muhammad Ali always carried in his bag was courage. The biggest turning point in his life I would say was when he beat Sonny Liston to win the heavyweight title for the first time in his career. To be honest the most impressive part of this entire event was everything that happened pre-event.

Muhammad Ali, 22 Years at the time and quite less experienced was definitely the underdog and considered by many as soon to be another victim of Sonny Liston, dubbed the big ugly bear. Ali on the other hand disregarded all the hate and negativity thrown over at him, and what was most impressive was how he countered them. He simply directed all his trash talk towards Sonny anywhere and everywhere possible trying to play with his mind and was even crazy enough to crash into Sonny’s training facility and trigger a fight all of which were acts taken by him to show the world that they were all wrong to think of him the way they thought of all other victims of Sonny. A mad man as the people called him, he proved that his madness was simply his bravery by winning the fight by a technical knockout in the 6th round resulting in one of the major upsets in sporting history while also crowning himself as the youngest Heavyweight champion at the time. His trash talk, fearless attitude all part of his bravery is what initiated his journey towards greatness.

Lesson learnt: Fear is something that a person should overcome as soon as possible, because it’s what would set you back for a lifetime. Courageous people have proven to reach the greatest of limits and have had the best of adventures. Therefore, never fear to take the next step nor fall for all the negativity or hate thrown at you in life, but face them courageously, which is what most iconic individuals have done in their lives.

Case 02:

Self-confidence is what builds a person. Confidence is key to a great start when it comes to anything. One of the greatest things that Muhammad Ali possessed and exhibited was a vast amount of self-confidence. Even at interviews, press conferences and even during a fight he never hesitated to let the others know of it and its power was proved more than ever at the Rumble in the Jungle. The Rumble in the Jungle, one of the greatest sporting events in history, was a title bout between Muhammad Ali and then Heavyweight Champion, George Foreman. At a time when the former champion was aging past his prime and the current champion was young and powerful with an attitude of a killer, people simply thought that the fight would simply end with Ali being beaten badly. Ali again was placed as an underdog in his life however, against all odds, Ali put his techniques, skill, experience and mostly his self-confidence to play which resulted in another major upset in sporting history – Muhammad Ali won by knockout and becomes the Heavyweight Champion for the 3rd time in his career.

Lesson learnt: Before you step into anything, make sure you are confident about yourself. You might fail, and people would barge you with all sorts of negativity, but never lose your confidence as it is what would push you the furthest and enable you to achieve whatever you set out for!

Having already looked into two events of the sporting career of Muhammad Ali, which are perfect examples as to why we should adapt certain characteristics into our lives in order to succeed, let us look beyond his sporting career.

Case 03:

Out of the several accolades won in his career as a boxer, the Olympic gold medal from the 1960 Olympics under the light heavyweight category was a special one, but for Ali that feeling didn’t last for long after an ugly incident. At a time when racism had a strong stand in in the USA and especially in the hometown of Muhammad Ali – Louisville, Kentucky, he had brought fame and glory for his motherland all the way from Rome from the Olympics. However, soon after a racially fueled incident took place where he was refused to be served at a “Whites only” restaurant which prompted him to throw away his hard-earned gold medal into the Ohio River.

Lesson learnt: What I personally got out of this whole incident was that, most materialistic things are of temporary value, and we shouldn’t be overly attached to them. Nowadays people tend to be obsessed with the temporary things in life whilst ignoring the more important ones. Therefore, always try to keep the real things close to your life, and this would make life less stressful and a lot worthy!

Case 04:

Another famous event in Ali’s life was when he decided to go against the law of the United States of America. By the sound of it might seem like he was up to something illegal, but it wasn’t! He was simply standing for what he thought was the right thing. In 1966, Ali was made eligible to be drafted into the U.S. military, at a time when they were involved in the Vietnam war. Ali, who had already converted to Islam, refused to be inducted into the U.S. military citing that war was against the teachings of Islam and that the Vietnamese weren’t his real enemies but certain people who lived in his own country (this was basically directed at the people in the U.S.A who were racist). This decision of Ali’s caused several people to brand him as a traitor and things worsened when he arrived at the scheduled induction at Houston but refused step forward when his name was called upon a few times. Subsequently he was arrested which led to the suspension of his boxing license and was stripped of his title and being inactive for more than three years of his prime as a boxer. However, Ali continued to stick to his decision and gradually gained the peoples support which too contributed to his fame and respect beyond the sport. In 1971 Ali’s conviction was reversed which saw his return to the boxing ring.

Lesson learnt: Many of us fear to stand up for what is right or for what our heart desires, simply because we want to avoid all the hate thrown at us, but if you take a look at the many lives that influenced a change in how things were done, there were people who stood up for the right thing or followed their heart even when surrounded by  thousands who opposed them. Therefore, never hesitate to do what is right, for it is only the good things you have done that remains after your demise.

Celebrating the achievements and being fans or followers of great people is a good thing, but what is even better is to look at the challenges faced, barriers crossed, and the decisions taken by them that led them towards becoming impactful people, for that is the best way to lead an impactful life yourself!

Written By: Rtr. Priyan Jerome

Edited By: Rtr. Abinaya Sritharan

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THE DEAL WITH CRYPTO

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If you’re that lost person who’s just like me trying to figure out what on earth this new virtual currency norm means I don’t blame you. It took me close to 500GB worth of data consumption for YouTube/Google, almost losing $250-$500 and close to a year of research to get almost ¼ on what it is and the reality behind it. Here is a brief idea of what it is and how it works.

What is Crypto?

It is a collection of binary data which is designed to work as a medium of exchange. The process is to store an Individual coin ownership record is stored in a ledger which is a computerized database using cryptography to secure transaction records, control the creation of additional coins, and verify the transfer of coin ownership. Cryptocurrencies are generally fiat currencies, as they are not backed by or convertible into a commodity.

Cryptocurrency does not exist in physical form (like paper money) and is typically not issued by a central authority. Cryptocurrencies typically use decentralized control as opposed to a central bank digital currency. When a cryptocurrency is mined or created before issuance or issued by a single issuer, it is generally considered centralized. When implemented with decentralized control, each cryptocurrency works through distributed ledger technology, also known as the blockchain.

Bitcoin was one of the firstly created cryptocurrencies which were initially founded in 2009 by the founder claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto.

History of CryptoCurrency

1983 -1995

David Chaum, an American cryptographer, invented ecash, an anonymous cryptographic electronic money, in 1983. Later, in 1995, he put it into action with Digicash, an early form of cryptographic electronic payments that required user software to withdraw notes from a bank and designate specific encrypted keys before sending them to a recipient.

2009 – 2011

Satoshi Nakamoto, a supposedly pseudonymous developer, established the first decentralized cryptocurrency, bitcoin, in 2009, with a total supply of 21million bitcoins. In its proof-of-work scheme, it utilized SHA-256, a cryptographic hash algorithm. Namecoin was launched in April 2011 as an attempt to construct a decentralized DNS that would make internet censorship extremely difficult. Litecoin was launched shortly after, in October 2011. Scrypt was utilized as the hashing algorithm. Peercoin, another well-known cryptocurrency, employed a proof-of-work/proof-of-stake hybrid.

2021

El Salvador became the first country to accept Bitcoin as legal tender in June 2021, after the Legislative Assembly voted 62–22 to approve a bill proposed by President Nayib Bukele to classify the cryptocurrency as such.

The all-time high of Bitcoin to date of writing was $68,521 on November 5th, 2021.

Future of CryptoCurrency

The future of cryptocurrency will keep on expanding there will be new types of currencies all along this stage of evolution around the world. There could also be possibly a stage where there will be no more paper currency, and everything controlled virtually. So adjusting our lifestyles to the flow is greatly appreciated by the tech industries as well as a new chapter for Financial services.

Already many massive tech giants like Tesla, Meta, Apple, and Microsoft, etc, are discovering new opportunities for the better of humankind.

Types of CryptoCurrencies 

A few of the most popular cryptocurrencies are listed below.

Bitcoin (BTC)

Ethereum (ETH)

Binance Coin (BNB)

Cardano (ADA)

Solana (SOL)

Tether (USDT)

XRP (XRP)

Polkadot (DOT)

Dogecoin (DOGE)

USD Coin (USDC)

Shiba Inu (SHIB)

Terra (LUNA)

How does it work?

Briefly, the crypto market is quite like the stock market on the technical side although the difference is that there is nothing Physically ownable and it does not pay you a dividend.

The concept is the same you buy your preferred cryptocurrency at its lowest value and sell it at the best value in which you make a profit. Although the concept is that simple the challenging area is to determine when will the market crash or rise. It is really complex to determine the favor of the crypto market mainly because it’s virtual and it has to go through a serious number of calculations and experience to get It right, this is one of the main disadvantages of investing in Crypto because you never know you will lose your money.

There is another area to crypto other than investing which is mining. Cryptocurrency mining is having control of a ledger of all incoming and outgoing transactions around the world in a specific cryptocurrency. Many volunteers, governments, and professionals in the industry uses high-quality mining rigs to configure and help protect the ledger account of the transactions across the globe. In which the hashing algorithm of the specific currency gives a reward for protecting the network.

There are several large-scale mining facilities across the world mainly in cold countries and areas in which electricity costs are very low. Mining consumes a lot of power and energy, so the requirements of cold temperatures and low electricity costs are required to maintain profits.

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Mining Warehouse

What you can do with Crypto Currencies?

Across 8 billion People in the world and over 221million people already involved it’s a new norm that will gradually rise. The trust, guidance & faith of the people is a point strongly addressed because of how the world-leading entrepreneurs and personalities get involved in this industry.

For example, Elon Musk the CEO & founder of Tesla, SpaceX bought an estimate of 42,902 bitcoins which is in today’s value equivalent to $2.8 Billion (USD).

Chamath Palihapitiya founder of Social Capital is also a great disciple of cryptocurrencies and the trust and positive feedback given by these great individuals gives hope to the world that this stage of financial services is important and will take over the world.

Companies in the present are accepting payments through crypto in which they will hardly convert to fiat currencies because the value of it will rise. 

It also can be a way of being self-employed trading Crypto and making an income for a lifetime. 

It also can be used to buy virtual art and objects also known as NFT (Non-Fungible Token)

This can be from digital art, virtual real estate, vintage items, and much more.

The main cryptocurrency used for a NFT is Ethereum.

Crypto Punks & Virtual Land in the form of NFT

Overall Conclusion

Getting the right knowledge and research will take you on a great journey in the road of Virtual Currencies. Staying up to date and in touch will gradually make a lot of sense and the experience of these financial strategies is for a lifetime at the rate the world is developing.

It is not up for discussion whether it is a smart choice or not to invest because the future is unpredictable and it’s our conclusion and knowledge that will take us far in this developing world.

NOTE: THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS FOR REFERENCE ONLY AND NOT FINANCIAL ADVICE .

Written by: Rtr. Yehan Bandara

Edited by: Rtr. Loshini Gnanasambanthan

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