60 Second Awards- BC Blows the Whistle

Coach: Meg- Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Assistant Coach: Mike K.- Change Starts At Home

Captain: Jenna Romeo- Unplug for 1 Hour a Day

Quarterback: Steph- Ditch the Nukes

Offensive Coordinator: Foster- Get Rid of the Two Party System

Team Doctor: Rubio- Organ Donations

Cheerleader: Rachel Litt- Everybody Dance Now

Water Boy: Nyein- Change the World, Save Water

Team Bus Driver: Allison- “I haven’t been anywhere, but it’s on my list

Jordi’s Picks

Team Captainleading by Example:Joe- “Pay it Forward.”

Self-Help Guru :Alli- “Me, Myself, I.”

Q (for Quartermaster, the gadget guy in bond):

Put a Smile on Your Face…Make the World a Better Place

For this week’s blog post, I wanted to come up with something really simple and seemingly trivial that I really thought could make a difference in the world one person at a time.  What I came up with was this: smile and say hello.

Now, maybe that sounds stupid.  Or maybe my Midwestern mentality painfully shines through by suggesting that people smile and say hi to strangers, but I really do think it can make a difference.  Every time somebody I don’t know takes a moment to acknowledge and greet me, or when I do the same to somebody else, I really think the innate warmth of human nature is reflected in the eyes of both of us.  In this day and age of impersonal technological communication, I think it would be great if more people could be reminded of the value of simple human interaction, especially with someone that’s not a close friend or family member.  Let’s be honest.  We’ve all had those times when we’ve inadvertently locked eyes with a complete stranger while passing him/her.  All I’m saying is rather than turning away and thinking about how awkward that eye contact was, why not just smile and say, “Hi”? Embrace the weird moment.  Maybe they’ll think you’re crazy (like if they’re from New York) or maybe they’ll love it.  Who cares?  Outside of bubbles like Bucknell/Lewisburg, you’ll probably never run into that person again.  Might as well make a good first and last impression, right?

And if you don’t buy it from me, maybe you’ll enjoy it more in musical form.

Unplug, unclog, and try to understand.

Don’t speak.

I know it sounds strange, but take a second and digest everything around you. If you are talking to someone, focus on them. Do not try to give input, do not try to talk over them, and just listen. Enjoy the sounds around you; enjoy hearing someone else’s opinion. We tend to live in our heads, tend to think we are right, and tend to think that our thoughts are the only ones that matter. The question is, how can you learn if you are not willing to listen?

We rush around in our everyday life and what we tend to hear what sounds like the words coming out of Charlie Brown’s teacher’s mouth. Blah, Blah, Blah. Why does what someone else say matter? We have so many other responsibilities, so many other aspects of our lives that are more important…right? Wrong. As we start to live in our head, we lose touch with reality. We become separated from our peers and grow distant. In order to grow, we need each other. In order to learn, we need each other. In order to prosper, we need each other.

So, during your next conversation take a second and just stop. Stop living in your head and make eye contact with the person you are talking to. Take out your headphones, get out of your head, and take a deep breath.

Unplug, unclog, and try to understand. It won’t kill you, I promise.

LAST post- 60 second idea to change the world

There is a lot wrong with the world.  But there is nothing wrong with the world that cannot be fixed by what is right with the world (thanks Bill Clinton for the phrase).  I think the same mix is inside each of us.  Hopefully, your education and this class have given you the means and tools to find what is fixable and how to start fixing.

What To Do

In that spirit, your last post is to think of a “60 second idea to improve the world.”  This is shamelessly borrowed form a BBC podcast I heard. (You can riff on an idea there if you like).

Please read your post and time it to sixty seconds!  These should be short, powerful, and convincing.  60 seconds is about two paragraphs or 500 words. Continue reading