[EDS 103] eJOURNAL ENTRY #3: Module 3

Module 3: Behavioral Theories of Learning

STAYING WITHIN YOUR COMFORT ZONE IS SUFFOCATING!

SCAN: An excerpt from Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Hawthorne, and Marci Shimoff (1996), p. 53.

Blogger turned New York Times best-selling author and speaker Mandy Hale has once said, “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” People have this intense desire to witness a “change” in the world since time immemorial, may it be politics or economy and such. In this world, change is the only thing permanent in this world–and we all have felt or experienced that. We all embrace positive changes in every aspect of our lives, especially if it is for the common good! After all, change is really inevitable in our lives.
I am sure that there were several trial-and-error phases that you have undergone in your lifetime. Yet, you stopped for a moment to acknowledge, to assess, and to analyze the situation you were in. Suddenly, you came up with an idea that may be the solution to your problem! This will be now stored somewhere in your brain that you may also use later on in your life and associate it to a different situation and will help you think creatively.
Every single day, we learn a thing or two from experiences in the environmental setting. Most of the time, one does not have to experience things directly as it can be observed and/or indirectly experience a situation through the storytelling of another person. This is applicable if a certain situation is actually dangerous for one’s dear life. But if you love taking on new adventures, it may inspire or motivate you to grab the opportunity to directly experience things, especially we all have a different way of perceiving life and the challenges along the way. A change, although not in an instant, in our life is the expected (or unexpected) outcome of experiences and observations as we learn from them.
“Charity begins at home,” my mother said when I was still an ignorant child. As I grow up, I have found out the significance of that particular line. All of the good deeds that is based upon the cultural norms and mores must be executed within the household first before anything else! It is the responsibility of the parents to teach their children to be kind and helpful to people around them and to behave and/or act with accordance to the human law, natural law and/or divine law. People must know that they should do stuff that is beneficial among the society, and not for the self-profit! Also, we must learn that it is selfish to to think/expect anything in return from people we did good. You do things because it gives you a sense of fulfillment or such, not because of the reward that you will receive right after. What do you think? Blogger turned New York Times best-selling author and speaker Mandy Hale has once said, “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” People have this intense desire to witness a “change” in the world since time immemorial, may it be politics or economy and such. In this world, change is the only thing that is constant in this wicked world–and we all have felt or experienced that! We all embrace positive changes in every aspect of our lives, especially if it is for the common good! After all, change is really inevitable in our lives.
I am sure that there were several trial-and-error phases that you have undergone in your lifetime. Yet, you stopped for a moment to acknowledge, to assess, and to analyze the situation you were in. Suddenly, you came up with an idea that is, maybe, the solution to your problem! This will be now stored somewhere in your brain that you may also use later on in your life and associate it to a different situation and will help you think creatively.
Every single day, we learn a thing or two from experiences in the environmental setting. Most of the time, one does not have to experience things directly as it can be observed and/or indirectly experience a situation through the storytelling of another person. This is applicable if a certain situation is actually dangerous for one’s dear life. But if you love taking on new adventures, it may inspire or motivate you to grab the opportunity to directly experience things, especially we all have a different way of perceiving life and the challenges along the way. A change, although not in an instant, in our life is the expected (or unexpected) outcome of experiences and observations as we learn from them.
“Charity begins at home,” my mother said when I was still an ignorant child. As I grow up, I have found out the significance of that particular line. All of the good deeds that are based upon the cultural norms and mores must be executed within the household first before anything else! It is the responsibility of the parents to teach their children to be kind and helpful to people around them and to behave and/or act in accordance to the human law, natural law and/or divine law. People must know that they should do stuff that is beneficial to society, and not for the self-profit! Also, we must learn that it is selfish to think/expect anything in return from people we did well. You do things because it gives you a sense of fulfillment or such, not because of the reward that you will receive right after. If there will be no reward, then there will be an extinction of thy “good deeds” in life that may lead you to a good life. Thus, we should not be dependent on what is at stake or what is waiting at the finish line. We shall be motivated because of the activities and the lessons from it! What do you think?

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