When we look at life we often see things that are good and we see things that are bad. Life has its ups and downs...How we react and respond to good things and bad things has everything to do with our attitude and philosophy in life. Our attitude and outlook on life can be very dynamic. We are always being shaped and influenced by events that take place all around us, the activities in our day, the city and country where we live, and even regional and global events have some influence.
Take the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the loss of 26 lives at the school due to a senseless tragic event. It was an event that shook many people to their core. However, it also caused many people in America to take a look at their lives and those of others around them and appreciate those people...to me it is the "Newtown Effect". Not taking life and those around us for granted. Finding something positive out of something negative...it is all about attitude. You control YOUR attitude, others may influence it but YOU OWN IT. Your attitude is the key to your success, or the key to your failure.
Let's take recent events such as our national financial crisis and the Sequestration budget cuts we talked about yesterday in class. This is the epitome of the leadership vacuum that exists in our federal government (and some say in our nation), specifically in the executive and legislative branch. The President's job is to lead our government and Congress's job is to mange the process. Their collective responsibility is to manage and control our economy to balance the budget similar to how your parents / guardians do every month. They have failed and there appears to be no direct consequence...failed responsibility without any accountability. What can you do? You are just a kid...a high school student.
Let's watch a short video that talks about the state of affairs in our nation and the challenge that you are presented with as the next generation of leadership:
NOTE: There are a few expletives (foul language) in this video clip so do not watch if you are offended.
Is the glass half empty? Or is it half full? ...What do you want to do about sequestration... Will you accept and own the challenge????
- Conduct some research online before you write the letter.
- Write a letter addressed to "Your Elected Official" about your thoughts on the sequestration and its impact on our lives.
- Try to type the letter if you are able to. The final letter is due in class on Monday.