Writer & Poet Dena Austin Miller Forward facing to address change from the heart of our Great Nation our Children. Reaching out to excellent parents, teachers and principals who excite students to the future. With an emphasis on Science,Tech industry and Leadership.
I’m giving great thought to time warps, life in hyper speed and life when it just seems to drag. Think back to your freshman year in high school. Can you remember how very slow that year went? It was painfully slow, tedious and heinous, boring and mind numbing. Now give thought to your freshman year in university not much different then freshman year in high school-painfully slow, heinous, tedious, boring and mind numbing.
Now, can you remember senior year in high school, you can I’m sure remember it too. Insanely exciting, went in hyper speed, the world was your oyster, grand, exciting, fun, your could see your dreams within reach. Senior year in university just the same, hyper speed, all subjects were like ice cream and cake, mountainous piles of hope poured through every part of your being, a time when you felt like a king of your dreams. Then real life hit, job interviews and rejection and newbie attitudes drowned out any thought of success.
This is it life in hyper speed and downward drags. When your hopes, dreams and aspirations collide.
Freshman year you’re no one and new in the big house, sitting in the dog house trying to figure a way out. Pacing back and forth no one takes you seriously, your words are not heard, no one looks to you for answers, you're abhorred, a nerd, and basically invisible. You in your heart knew where you were going but, you had to prove it, you needed time in the box and the right of passage had yet to be earned. Every second was a time you had to prove yourself to the world.
Senior year your king, you're heard, people ask you for your opinions, you’re a star, no more proving, all you have to do is be and your seen. At the top looking around, you have many paved roads you hoed to choose, you're in charge and you have realized many of your hopes, dreams. Your passion has matched your aspiration.
New life, new hope, time in the box, hours of internship you believe, your knowledge, insight, and perceived expertise all will recognize and see so clearly. Bam the door is slammed, rejection, pain, lost hope and dreams dashed. Every second seems the end and your passion no longer matches your aspirations. Time just drags and drags and drags.
Then a good job lands in your lap but, it’s not what you had dreamt you would be doing. It is not what you found passion in and now you’re plodding along doing your job. Day after day your dreams seem to fade and you’re moving up in rank. Your pay goes up and you buy a home, your family is so proud and the t-shirt of success is in your dresser drawer. Time drags and the world in which you live ever changes, your children grow and graduate too, your home adds on and a pool is in place sparkly clean. Time has dragged, hours and hours you spend in office and you're not who you thought you’d be. Mind blowing time dragging time.
What if you had held your ground and kept the dream alive? If you had kept the passion and aspiration let go of the pressure to earn money? Held your ground and patiently waited as your friends landed good jobs and you ate cornflakes rather than steak? How would things have gone if you had got the job you really wanted, what you saw yourself doing, how you wanted to be when you’re elderly? Would time go by differently? Yes, yes it would, it would be in hyper speed as you are doing what you love, making a difference, making the world a better place in which to live for yourself and for others. You had time in the box, hours of internship, knowledge and insight worth hearing and those like you would have been all ears and open to receive.
For all those who’s graduation cap in sitting on the front seat of your beater , think, think, think of how in the hell you want your life to play out before you settle for any job that pay’s.
-Dena Austin Miller
Two HBR.ORG posts that have stuck in my brain since reading them, while they are not time warp related they both are in terms of life goals and related to directing ones life in general.
I ask that you give thought to Awards and their purpose in the sense of being human. We are all human and for most humans we look to those who are giving their all and doing their best, to find hope, hope for a better tomorrow, to find a way we can do life’s daily chores with purpose.
I call your attention to the opposite, demerits for poor behavior. For most teachers and principals they are challenged by the child who is disruptive in class or on school campus. The child who is in need of “behavior modification” and the daily disruptions they cause, is tiring to say the least, classroom management is by far the most challenging aspect of teaching. A time tax for principals.
Please, take a moment to:
Review your reasons and rational, your policies and consequences for infractions. What type of consequences do you use and why? How involved are the parents in this process? How do you feel when giving out demerits and taking privileges? Are you’re polices/rules balanced and consistent? What effect are they having on behavior modification?
I ask that you apply the same emphasis on giving awards in its function to modify behavior. I state the need to create equal balance between awards and demerits, the giving of extra privileges and the taking of privileges.
It is common knowledge that consistency is fundamental for children, children find peace in consistency. If the system is unbalanced and inconsistent, excellent behavior/right action is skewed and unclear.
Give the gift of a balanced system with consistent expectations, rewards and discipline in this you give children the gift of clarity in right actions.
Tell me how you use Awards, I look forward to your emails on ways you Award children; I will post a summary of your emails. Please, fill free to comment on your methods so that others may be inspired.
"The United States – since its beginning – has most fundamentally been about exploration, opportunity and discovery; about new beginnings; about setting out for and challenging the frontier. Today, as science and technology are rewritten in atomic, digital and genetic codes, America finds itself at an historical juncture shaped by two unprecedented shifts: in the 21st century, the world is becoming both more competitive and more interconnected; and where, how and why innovation occurs are all in flux.
If globalization is the new playing field, then innovation is the way you play the game in the 21st century. Leadership in innovation will unleash the productivity and economic growth that will underpin America’s prosperity. The ability to rapidly translate knowledge and insights into new high-value products and service is imperative to addressing many of the grand challenges facing the United States and the world.
Americans have always been pioneers, risk-takers and makers. At the Council, we believe that it is time to set those impulses free and embrace production once more. We must create a business environment that fosters breakthrough innovations, rapid commercialization and manufacturing at scale. As a country we have proven adept at rising to every economic challenge. Now it is time for our Nation to set in place the policies to ignite a new era of competitive, sustainable and advanced manufacturing - and our ability to create wealth and new jobs depends upon it. Manufacturing is no longer dirty, dumb, dangerous and disappearing. Today’s manufacturing is smart, safe, sustainable and surging.
The Council’s manufacturing initiative is supported by the “Out of the Blue” Manufacturing Dialogue Series, which is designed to examine, better understand and address the critical challenges facing American manufacturers in an increasingly competitive global economy. The Council, along with its members and partners host strategic dialogues across the country to generate key recommendations and action items that build upon the Council’s seminal report Make: An American Manufacturing Movement, to re-invigorate manufacturing excellence in the United States, the cornerstone of American independence, economic prosperity and national security."
As parents from all parts of the world descend on the beaches of California for vacation it is in your best interest to learn water safety. I offer up a word of warning, the Pacific Ocean is a place of beauty but, the surf does create some extremely dangerous conditions to wade in. [scroll to the bottom for water safety links]
Surfing one of my favorite spots in Encinitas; a super cute town with shops and beautiful beaches, I had the notion to get out of the water and walk North a bit to surf another peak. I paddle out and notice a really strong rip current pulling sand to the surface of the ocean about 24-30 yards out. When there is sand at the water surface its due to a very strong rip current of ocean water. The rip pulls water out to sea in a narrow (but, sometimes can be wide) straight line vertical to the horizon. I was sitting just outside the first break of waves and my inner spirit ask me to look to the shore, I did and just where I got the notion to paddle out about 5 minutes earlier were two small children caught in the rip getting pulled out to sea. They were struggling to keep their head above water and while this was no easy task they were doing their best at it. [My money’s on it, their parents had placed them in swim classes and at that moment was paying off in BIG dividedness.]
This is when time stood still: I glanced at the lifeguard on his walki talki and grabbing his buoy: I was paddling to the boy to get him before he went under: looking at the sister to assess how far she was from her brother: the moments with movement froze. The lifeguard was lightning fast into the water, quick fly strokes brought him to the boy at the same time as me, I pulled back just a bit and kept my eye on the sister and now mother coming out to sea and directly into the rip. The lifeguard grabbed up both children and talked calmly to them as he rapped his buoy around their chests and pulled them onto land.
I have been in the ocean since before I could walk, I have come upon this many a summer. My brother was a lifeguard for 11yrs, I never was but, thanks to my faith in God and my daily prayer that the Lord places me where I need to be when I need to be there, I have rested many a small child across my board and paddled them on to dry land.
Today the Lord called in a notion, I thought it was weird that I would leave the spot I was surfing only to walk a bit up to surf another spot; with what turned out to be really lame waves. I got stuck sitting there wondering why in the world I did that. Then when I was paddling over to the boy, saw the fear and terror in his eyes, watched him gulp water in his efforts to breathe, I knew then why I was there. There was no question in my mind the spirit called and I answered.
The experience was so hard and gut wrenching, I had to go home. The drive home I cried. I will never forget that little boy and how close he was to death.
Here are some ocean safety links and videos on youtube. So you can familiarize yourself with rip currents-"undertows" and other ocean hazards before you step on the beach.
A Poem for a special teacher and coach Mr. Jesse Mindlin Austin's Success is greatly due to your efforts. Thank you
Onward a Poem by Dena Austin Miller -for you Mr. Mindlin
The little ant finds his friend half dead Frantically scrambling around his tiny body Reaching out, grabbing him up Lifting him over head Hustling along the counter top top speed must be enough to get him underground before he gives up the fight He's a PJ out to save lives He's got to take the right path through IED's of water drops The tiny body is light atop He has confidence he can pull this off He's done this hundreds of times before with success He has tactical skills deep in his subconscious
The ground he has to cover is immense
He know's this He's got this They'll make it There's no options outside of complete and total success
Zig Zagging comrades Pushing through Never giving up
The shoot is in sight The drop is made The tiny body passed off
Turning directly around, heading to the light Out the shoot Top speed Onward