Saturday, August 29, 2015

Food for thought

With thousands and thousands of books, articles and assignments we push children to study, study and study. Face the exams, get the highest marks, beat your friend and then you will be able to get your dream job which will help you to live a luxurious life. This is very common in Sri Lanka. Everyday tuition classes, piles and piles of paper work, everyday exams and assignments, heavy competition and we all run to achieve. As a student, I have done this and my parents used to push me for it.

When I sit back and think, how I saw education 10 years ago and how I see it now is completely different. 10 years ago, its all about exams and certificates, but now, it has changed. It is a continuous process and we learn things until we die. Many agrees on this, but it happens after 10 years post school education. My question is, why we cannot change this 10 years ago and think that what you learn is not for the exam but for the rest of your life. Simple answer anyone can give is, we cannot change the system. What I think is, this is not about the system. Its about individual thinking and if you can bring up your child in a way where the excitement for knowledge is, I think this system can be broken. Simple example comes to my mind is, when your best friend says, "hey you know something?", the excitement you get should be the thirst for knowledge. So how we can make a child to get there.
Kids are very enthusiastic when they are younger, eventually this excitement fades away. This is mainly due to pushing them to face exams and they start to think education is a game. When anyone think of a game, they get the fear of losing. Even among adults, this is very common, if someone asks a person to set up a business, the first thing comes to their mind is, will I success. What I believe is, when we look at something as a game with fear of losing, psychologically we fail at the very beginning. So the first initiation is to get rid of this initial barrier "Fear of Losing". Attitude should be, rank number 100 is also better than waiting without doing anything. This will open up many ways to explore and experience. Your thirst for knowledge is to get to know things, connect things, analyse things and come up with your own conclusion. Your ideas and opinions might not be right, but having your own view on something is different than following someone else. To have an own opinion on something takes time, you cannot develop it overnight. You need to read, gather knowledge and then you get the ability to stand up for it. To get there, again you have to get rid of "Fear of Losing / Rejection". So I believe, this mantra is the little secret of success. It might not work for some people, but this is how I see it. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Lessons

As the life moves on, 
we don't get that friend who holds our hand 
and runs for ice cream on the streets anymore, 
we cannot trust anyone 
as most of them don't wish us happiness 
and bless us with all their heart.. 
we really can't whisper our pain to anyone 
as it will not matter to them 
and some will make it a point to hurt us back. 
there will be a point that 
our good intentions will be misinterpreted and backfired. 
we are often let down by the most trusted people 
and loved by the most unexpected one..
I have learnt that life is a long journey 
and sometimes we have to go through thunderstorms.
but after every thunderstorm, 
the sun will definitely shine

Everyone has their own fairy-tale

Everyone in this world is waiting until a miracle happens, for some it happens, but for some it never happens. Many falls into the second category, which means the miracle has not happened yet. When we think why it has not happened, we can come up with so many reasons. The very first reason I can think of is, miracles don't exist. It is all how we make things to happen. So is it true? 





Thursday, August 13, 2015

කවියක්..

ආදරයෙන් මන්මත් වූ සිතකට,
කවි සිතිවිලි පහල වීම පුදුමයක්ද?
සෙනෙහෙ පසු පස යන්නට
අමතක වුනා එක් දිනෙක මට..
නැවත ආදරය කරන්නට සිතෙන්නේ
මල ගිය සිතිවිලි වලට පන දෙන්නටදෝ
නැතිනම්
මිරිඟුවක්  පසු පස ගිය
විඩාපත් මගේ සිත සනසවන්නටදෝ..

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