Global Change Seminar
"It's Your Move!"

Introduction to Seminar Segment #6

WhAt Will You Focus On?

          You have completed the first part of the Seminar and are now ready to move into the second part of the Seminar.

          The first part, consisting of the five segments (A - E) was intended to help enlarge participant's thinking and understanding about global problems and individual roles in them. Now the second half of the Seminar (three more segments, F - H) focuses mainly on the individual participant, and what s/he wants to do about these global problems. There is not as much reading in this second part of the Seminar - most of it is homework, where we attempt to guide each participant through his/her own decision and planning process.

          In Segment #6 participants decide just where they want to focus their attention. What aspect of our (humanity's) condition or situation draws you most? Which aspect do you most want to change? Since one gets more of what one focuses his/her attention on, it can truly be said that people's ability to focus their attention is among their most important resources. The homework for this Segment is intended to help you decide where you want to focus your attention, and to begin thinking how you might do that.

          Before moving andy futher, please read the story about "Big Rocks" next.

          As encouragement, we offer you some real-life stories of how a few people decided to change their lives:

1. Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer, deliberately dropped out of Reed College. After six months he could see that all of his working-class parents' life savings were going to pay his tuition at this expensive and exclusive school. He no longer could see the value of it, and had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. He couldn't see how college was helping him figure it out. Dropping out was scary and he had no place to stay. He slept on the floor of friends' rooms. He returned Coke bottles for the 5 cent deposit to buy food, and walked 7 miles once a week for a good free meal. However, once he dropped out he was able to stop taking required classes and start attending those that were interesting. He found that much of what he stumbled into by following his curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.

2. Danny Wallace a twenty-something BBC comedy producer and freelance journalist launched a website to encourage people to perform random acts of kindness on Fridays. He was astonished to find that people lined up in droves to do so. As of late 2005, over 100,000 "Good Friday" deeds had been recorded on the website.)

3. Bill and Pat were approaching retirement in 1998, but couldn't imagine a life where they weren't working. Then Bill started a small group to engage in an Integral Transformative Practice (ITP) as set forth in a book he'd read. In the group, Pat decided she'd pick an ITP focus on a desire she had to begin running, and maybe enter a 10K road race. During the ITP that idea slowly expanded and she ended up running a marathon as her first road race - at the age of 60. This taught her that perhaps she could indeed embark on her childhood dream of sailing round the world. So she and Bill then decided (gasp) that they probably did have enough funds to retire so they disposed of all of their furniture and most other possessions and acquired a cruising sailboat. Then they moved aboard, got their feet thoroughly wet, and went off cruising into the wild blue yonder. This Seminar is one of the things that happened as a result.

Next: Preparation (Homework) for Segment #6 Group Meeting

 


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