“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.”
One’s expression can be exhibited through our thoughts, words and actions. Each has it’s own importance. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reminds us in today’s quote that it is our actions that is the most powerful of the three due to our decision in making a choice to, in fact, actually do something.
Our philosophies in what we believe in are created at the beginning of our decision making process as soon as we formulate a question or are needing something to be resolved. This is where we first express a thought around a particular question we are wanting an answer to. We are essentially identifying the problem. This brings forth a certain awareness for the first time that something needs solving. If we do nothing else beyond bringing it to our own attention then that is where everything stops, goes no further and just stays as a thought. But if we continue on our decision making journey we can begin to analyze things through data we have may have collected through research we have done or through any experiences we may have had as it pertains to the question we are trying to answer. From here we may start to put pen to paper and journal what our findings are and further formulate our philosophy. This form of expression further helps to bring this philosophy to life because it goes from beyond just our minds and can now be shared with others if need be. It also allows us to evaluate and reflect upon what we have written about, allowing us to continuously tweak and formulate our ideas to set the stage and make the choice to bring it to life by taking action.
My own personal example is writing this blog and producing the podcast. The Our Moral Compass philosophy and how it relates to the five areas of Social Emotional Learning was created based on a problem I wanted to solve: how to bring more awareness to the importance of Social Emotional Learning and how it is not just needed for our children but by adults too. I also saw that as a society overall we are need of some guidance to making sure we are conducting ourselves both ethically and morally in order to make this world a better place. Once I identified the problem I began to create ideas of how I could tie the our moral compass with the Social Emotional Learning part. It was through my love of quotes that it all connected. Each quote allowed me to explore its meaning and do research on it by exploring the origins of the quote and also do research on the person who first said it. This helped me to further analyze the quote as it related to one of the areas or the moral compass concept itself and what it meant to me at that particular point and time. From there I wrote and I wrote making these explicit connections for each and every quote. I then decided to create this blog and send it out each day through social media in the hopes to inspiring those that take the time to read it. After some time, I decided to take these writings and make it into a podcast so that more could enjoy it by listening to it in case they did not have time to read it.
Each of these steps along this journey so far for me has been because of my decision making skills to make it happen and figure out ways to share my philosophy that our oral compass and the five areas of SEL are essential to our own well being and it is needed by all. And I know it is impacting others and it is also impacting me in being able to do this each and every day. I know it continues to help me grow and as long as I have the ability to do this, I will keep on doing it because it is truly a philosophy I believe in.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your responsible decision making skills?