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The Power of Reflection
“Living in a way that reflects one's values is not just about what you do, it is also about how you do things.”
Reflection can be used by anyone at anytime. It is one of the most helpful things you can do in any situation, before during, and after. People reflect more often than they think. Reflecting involves just remembering something from the previous day or thinking back on something or about something that has to do with you. Whichever it is, it is important that we do it as it helps a great deal.
A person who reflected a lot was Thoreau. He had a book about his life called Walden, he basically told stories about stuff that happened during his life and wrote his thoughts down and that’s what the book consisted of most. It’s a confusing book, but you can also learn a lot from it. Thoreau often reflected in his book, he would write down his opinion on things and how he felt about humanity. For example:
“There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers.”
This quote stuck with me, at first I didn’t know what this meant, but then I did some thinking and realized how this was a true statement. I stopped and thought for a while and broke down the meaning of this. I interpreted this quote to mean that people learn philosophy and everything about it, but never use philosophy in their everyday life which is what would make them a philosopher. From what I know about Thoreau, he could be considered a philosopher because he was a logical thinker and everything he did, he did in the smartest way.
Thoreau expressed another one of his opinions on humanity and mentioned how he felt about new generations. The quote reads:
“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”
This quote caught my eye right when I read it, and I completely agree with it. Every generation has something negative to say about people in the previous one lived their lives, but when it comes to the flaws of their own, see nothing wrong with it. For example, this generation is addicted to technology, and it’s obvious to most people, except for this generation, and for the people of this generation who are aware of, they seem to not have a problem with it. This generation also criticizes previous ones on a lot of things, such as style of clothing, the music they listened to, and how they think. This also is a very true statement vice versa, the older generations think that the ones that come after them are way worse then theirs. They think that the new generation aren’t independent and behave different, when there are many things that are better about the new generation than the older ones.
Another way Thoreau expressed his thoughts on humanity was my bringing up men and them providing for their families. He said:
“Who knows but if men constructed their dwellings with their own hands, and provided food for themselves and families simply and honestly enough, the poetic faculty would be universally developed, as birds universally sing when they are so engaged?”
To me this quote is very important. With my interpretation, he states that if all men just did what they were supposed to do when it came to them and their families, which includes building a house and providing food, this would become normal and every man would do this. I agree with this; because if this became the goal of all men, there wouldn’t be any other narrative of how a man’s life plays out because the normal and only thing to do would be that. Since that isn’t how the lifestyle of all men is, this leaves some families without a father to be a leader for them. It also makes it harder younger men to grow up to be successful, because they don’t have a set goal of what is ideal.
Thoreau reflected a lot about humanity, and thought of a lot of interesting lifestyles and how different people and generations lived. All in all it is clear he is a smart man and was ahead of his time.
A Mentor, a Friend, a Great Mother
“A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.”
My mom had been nagging me all week about taking a walk with her, and I never wanted to go with her, but I finally agreed to, and went. We walked and talked for a while around the neighborhood. I ended up enjoying the walk and was appreciative at the end. My mom is the main reason in as far as I am in life. She always knows what’s best for me, does what’s best for me, and is always there for me.
My mom always knows what’s best for me. For example, wherever or whenever she sees me go wrong she makes it a point to tell me so, and also tell me what I can do differently next time. She does this so in the future I won’t need her help and I’ll know exactly what to do in certain situations. I know this will help me to grow into an amazing parent just like she is.
Just as much as my mom knows what’s best and tells me, she also does what’s best for me. If there is ever something she can do to make my life better she’ll do it. All of my school years up until the middle of first grade I was at three different schools. The first two weren’t a good fit for me and she saw that and transferred me twice. I will always be appreciative of that because the third school I attended, which was my elementary school told my family about private schools and that’s how we found Fenn.
Lastly, she’s always there for me, no matter what. It’s as if she’s a really close friend who can listen and help me with all my problems. She gives the best advice for any situation. She’s also a very understanding person, she knows the struggle of being a kid, especially one of color in a predominately white community. When I was younger I was very attached to her, I would never want her to leave house or leave my side. I’ve grown since then and became more independent, but I will always want her by my side to help me on my journey.
Anyone would be blessed to have someone like my mom in their lives, she’s a mentor, a helper, a friend, but most importantly a great mother.
There have been many benefits of online school, such as more free time after school ends. More free time to play video games, FaceTime my friends, and sleep. Almost everyday during our breaks or after the school day ends my friends and I are on a Group FaceTime call talking to each other or all just playing video games together. This quarantine has definitely taught us to appreciate our friends as you never know when your time with them can come to an abrupt end. I’ve found myself reflecting on my years at Fenn and how I’ve developed as a student, also how this is my last year. Then that brings me to thinking about what I’ve said before, this will be the way my time here ends, virtually. While reflecting I think about the friends I’ve made on the way and I hope to keep them as friends long after my Fenn career is over. No matter what happens, I can say I enjoyed my time here and have zero regrets on choosing Fenn.
After two weeks of online classes, my view on it is from the beginning of the first week. Some teachers are starting to give more homework, in their mind since we have more time to do it, we can handle it. That’s not the case because class time is more important than homework. There are still benefits to online school, such as waking up later than I would normally, and having more free time some days. I also really miss seeing everyone in person, this is my last year of school with the kids in my grade, and it’s looking like we won’t see each other in person anytime soon. I’m seeing how many schools are canceling the rest of their year, and I’m wondering if Fenn will be next. I think of how we’re not gonna get to experience a graduation. It’s not too serious or on anybody’s mind at the moment, but as we get closer to the end of the year it’ll be the main focus of everyone. I’m hoping that people will just stay inside until this virus is mostly gone, people not listening and continuing to go outside is the main reason it keeps spreading.
Day 1 of online learning went better than I thought it would. It was surprisingly fun to see all of my classmates again. And the fact that classes are only half an hour which allows for many breaks in between is great. It’s easier to get work done this way, and we’re still learning together even though it’s not physically. I’m not sure if we’re going to be able to go back to school on May 4th, but I think online school until then is a great experience for us students to have, it will also make for a good story in the future. Working from home is a different experience, but not just because of obvious reasons. There are other reasons such as it’s not as easy to get distracted, when being in the classroom physically, I usually doze off and daydream. When at home, it’s easier stay engaged because I’m looking at a screen and there are less things to get distracted by.
A Child’s Christmas in Whales Literary Analysis
A child’s Christmas in Whales was a memorable piece of literature, although there was no real plot to it, the kids imagination made it interesting to read. The imagination of an author is key in writing a good piece of literature. A Child’s Christmas in Whales expresses Dylan Thomas’s imagination to put himself in the shoes of a kid and write the piece from the point of view as one.
Dylan Thomas as a kid shows a different mindset than a regular teenager or adult would have. Dylan made it seem in his writing that all of his memories were exaggerated or because he forgot, partially made up. The child couldn’t remember Christmas without snow, in his imagination, December was just all white. There was a fire during the story at the house and the kids were trying to throw snowballs at it almost as if it was fun for them. The kid is also found many times correcting himself about a memory and getting of topic as if he forgot what point he was trying to make.
“It was snowing. It was always snowing at Christmas. December, in my memory, is white as Lapland, though there were no reindeers.” This was his memory of what December weather was like. “Do something he said. And we threw all our snowballs into the smoke - I think we missed Mr. Prothero - and ran out of the house to the telephone box.” This is when he mentioned there was a fire in the house and the kids threw snowballs to try and stop it. "You mean that the postman went rat-a-tat-tat and the doors rang? I mean that the bells the children could hear were inside them. I only hear thunder sometimes, never bells. There were church bells, too. Inside them? No, no, no, in the bat-black, snow-white belfries, tugged by bishops and storks.” This is a conversation he has with himself about what actually happened in the memory. These are example that this story was different than most because there was only some truth in it and not every memory was detailed.
Dylan Thomas has a unique imagination that made the story interesting and fun to read. It also made it easy to write about since there were a lot of examples
The Power of Tradition
My family has Christmas Eve traditions that make our Christmas different and like no other family’s. For example, we always open one of our Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve, and we always wear matching onesies that night to bed. (The onesie tradition was when my brother and I were younger so it’s not part of our Christmas Eve tradition anymore.) Our family tradition is important to me because it makes Christmas much more fun and enjoyable. Its something I want to carry in the future with my family. The earliest Christmas I could remember is when I was around 8 or 9, we were so happy just at the fact that we got matching onesies. And there were about double the amount of presents I get nowadays under the tree. It was late at night, and my brother and I were jumping with joy as we were about to open a gift on Christmas Eve. My mom was tired but was still there in the living room where the tree was as we opened our gifts. It was probably one of the most joyful moments of my life I can remember. That Christmas and all of the Christmas’s years after that will always mean a lot to me. I can always think back to that time and remember how happy I was and make me feel good. It’s a highlight of my life and I’ll always appreciate my family for those unforgettable moments. Tradition is important, it brings a sense of purpose to living moments to the fullest. It’s important to me specifically as it’s always something I’m excited about and looking forward to.
Science class, it’s my one-eyed monster, it’s kept me off the honor roll for the last two years and I’ve never seemed to see eye to eye with the teacher. Science is a class I struggle in mostly because it’s a lecture class, we’re sitting there and listening to the teacher talk to us for an hour straight and try to drill information into our brains about stuff that won’t really help us in the long run. And on every C day we have it for two hours straight. When it’s a class where it’s hard to focus in and it’s long I’m naturally going to get distracted and when I get distracted I won’t know what going on in class. So when I get home and take a look at the homework, I have no idea who to do it, so I don’t submit it and it’s a zero in the grade book. This was a constant cycle which ended in me not having a good grade in that class. This year is different though, I overcame all of those problems, biology is an interesting class, the curriculum is different and I’m organized. It’s still my hardest subject and my lowest grade but I’m engaged in classes and understanding what we’re leaning. All in all science is now a class I enjoy and look forward to being in.
Book 7 Writing Literacy Reflection Paragraph
In this paragraph I hope to express how I felt when reading this book and show that I learned the theme of hospitality. It’s not the size of your house that matters, it’s the size of your heart. Alcinous feeds Odysseus and convenes to the god’s that they will provide safe passage for Odysseus’s journey home. Alcinous let Odysseus into his home and fed him and frank with him. She also tells the god to protect Odysseus on his journey home. This shows that he is caring. Reading book seven and knowing it was about hospitality felt like déjà vu because in a previous book Menelaus was welcoming to Telemachus and let him into his kingdom. This book was more or less the same because in this book Alcinous fed Odysseus and prepared him for a safe travels. When reading this book it made me imagine if I was rich and famous would I be as caring and considerate as I am now, assuming I am now. If Alcinous could so willingly open his arms to Odysseus and feed him and provide a save travel home, is it as easy for anyone to do it. The Odyssey isn’t really a book I enjoy reading, but this chapter I liked because I enjoy a happy ending and it seemed as if Odysseus was being cared for in the moment. Yes, it was worth it. The Odysseus teaches you lessons, but in particular this book. It teaches you one of the most important values, consideration.
Memorable Sports Moment
“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.”
A memorable athletic experience in my life was my first ever touchdown I scored. It was my first game as a starter on Varsity Football and the first game of the season. It was a home game against Fay on the turf with a huge crowd. I was nervous, but I didn’t show it, not one bit, instead I showed up to play, and that’s exactly what I did. Long before the game I knew that I would be getting the ball a lot during the game, this was different to me because just the year before I only received that ball once during the first game. Come game day I was feeling excited but also nervous, excited to start and get the ball a lot, but nervous to mess up. The first offensive play of the game was a handoff to me, I ran, broke a tackle, and then ran for some more yards to get a first down, and from that point on I knew it’d be a good game. We ended up driving the ball down the field with authority and ended up scoring with a pass from Ty to Tom. Next offensive drive I told myself it was my turn to score, and that’s exactly what I did. We were at about the twenty yard line when I was handed off the ball and that’s when I saw the open hole and I ran right to it and next thing I knew, i was in the end zone. I didn’t celebrate, nor did I act surprised, because I knew that that was I went out there to do, and what I planned on doing in the future. I ended the game with another touchdown soon after that and a win in the record books. After my two touchdowns I felt a sense of normalcy, just like it should be.