Bird Droppings June 28, 2011
Looking at the pathway ahead
As I slowly get my brain in gear after a couple long weeks of Foxfire courses, philosophy of education reading and trying to catch up on my gardening I find I am almost in a fog. It has taken two days literally for my mind to slow down to a normal level so I can talk to regular people and not be thinking in terms of post modernism, post realist reconstructionism and other vast terms of near meaninglessness to common mortals. It is in words that philosophy and higher level pondering take place. However as I cracked open a book of Native American healing that I have positioned to read whenever I sit down it helped bring my brain back in gear.
“Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Over the years of listening to my father lecture I heard the name Heinrich numerous times. It was many years ago that a German scientist W.H. Heinrich developed what was called the domino theory in Industrial Safety.
“According to W.H. Heinrich, 1931, who developed the so-called domino theory, 88% of all accidents are caused by unsafe acts of people, 10% by unsafe actions and 2% by “acts of God”. He proposed a “five-factor accident sequence” in which each factor would actuate the next step in the manner of toppling dominoes lined up in a row.” Abdul Raouf, Theories of Accident Causation
There was a cause and effect in the domino theory, just as a child will set a series of dominos on a table and tap the first each in sequence than will fall, cause and effect. I have noticed in my years that we so often do step into things and often out of when our shoe gets soiled. In most of my wanderings I have not seen the dominos in effect till many years down the road, pieces of my life’s puzzle that fell in place at one time or perhaps changed a direction. I know growing up I was seeing Heinrich’s work first hand as my father based many of his own theories on the Germans concept. The domino effect stuck with me, each piece is significant to the next good or bad all have balance and counter balance involved. All of the pieces interconnect.
Each morning as I write and try and find a direction or a point of reference for the day and I wonder why and where this will lead. A few days back I made mention to the TV series “Into the West” and a friend who receives my meanderings each day emailed back her best high school friend was the producer of that movie, the interconnections fall into place. I am still editing my book A teachers Journey; Bird Droppings, so many bits and pieces to account for along with permission to use quotes, my own biggest issue spelling and punctuation, not just the steady use of hyphens in my thinking and writing. This is my goal for the next three or four weeks. Hopefully I will get the job done and who knows where that piece of the puzzle will fall. Tack on my to do list my dissertation as well which is more writing this summer.
“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am often asked why I write each morning. It is a spiritual time for me, to be sitting, thinking, meditating and writing all in one process. So today, my dear friends please keep all in harm’s way on your minds and in your hearts as we begin a new week and a new month tomorrow.