I wanted to provide some context to the last two posts that I made. Currently, I am in an English 101 course and as a senior at Univeristy, I would rather just write these required assignments with minimal effort and graduate this spring. For our first assignment, we were required to “interview,” or in my case have a friend play a character who I would then examine and write about. As I senior I am used to a fair amount of creative freedom in my work, which I did bring to this assignment. Now as a senior being creative in your writing and examining what interests you is encouraged, but in first-year courses, I have found that this is not the case. Unfortunately, I received a 59% mark on my first assignment as I did not adhere to the strict guidelines that had been specified by the instructor. As a way to vent my frustration, as well as take an opportunity to enjoy the situation I decided to write a response to the situation, which is told in “A L’Avis De Victor : Une Réponse à la Première Essai que J’Avais Ecrit.” I hope that you enjoy this, whoever you are out on the inter-webs, as I had an amazing time reveling in the absurdity of structure.
Professor’s Rubric Response –
You are an excellent writer, and you have a very creative voice. Unfortunately, however, this paper doesn’t fulfill the requirements of the assignment. For this assignment, you needed a brief literacy profile of an individual in a particular field, in order to describe the roles or reading and writing in that field. It sounds like your friend has had a fascinating life, but the details you wrote about in your paper don’t have much to do with literacy, and they aren’t surrounding a particular career or field. What you have written is more of a partial biography of your friend with a few tips about university study woven in. I wasn’t able to use the rubric on your paper due to it not meeting the basic purpose of the assignment. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything I can do it help you better understand the assignment.
May pain turn into inspiration, may pain become a remedy. Earlier this day I was meditating upon an encounter that I had with a family friend who had been criticizing me for doing my education an online campus rather than through a traditional brick and mortar institution. This was painful for me in many ways as I felt as if the path that I had chosen, the path that was correct for my own circumstances was incorrect and somehow lesser than the path that he had taken or that of his children. After my meeting with him, I decided to take a moment to meditate and gain a better understanding of the situation. I sat by my warm fireplace, breathed in through my nose and out of my mouth, concentrated on my breath, and at the situation that had past. I began to recall the scenario and contemplated his own life’s circumstance. I contemplated the relations that he had with his wife, the relations he had with those around him, the changes that he had just endured through his life, which then led me to contemplate similar situations where I had degraded someone in reaction to situations that I had been experiencing. Neither the interaction that I had with him, or those that I had with others were right, but they had happened, and because of that I felt sorry for him rather than myself.
The insight that I had gained through this experience inspired me to write about the benefits that meditation has brought myself. I hope that through this book or post or whatever this document might become, my reader might be able to gain some tools, which could help them gain some more insight into the ordeals that they might face or currently be facing. Life can be a great challenge, but the pain and bliss that we face as beings can help bring us together rather than tear us apart. I hope that you might choose unity rather than division and that a practice of meditation might help you find the commonalities that hold all of us together. The goals that you will have during your meditation practice will have a great deal of variation, some will be like the one I just had, which will ask you to think about a specific situation in the hope that you might gain some insight, while others might be for balance, peace, and inspiration. Whatever the situation you face, whether great or small like the one that I just shared with you I hope to be able to share the basics of meditation that will guide you through your practice, however long that might last.
Okay so I am planning on creating a New Series on Mediation, that will provide beginning meditators with a basic understanding Meditation that they can then use to help provide them with insight and balance throughout their life. Eventually, I think that I will turn this series into an Amazon edition book so that I can be able to share this to a wider audience than just my personal blog. I know that this will be different than the few blog posts that I have made on this website, but I think that it does tie into the transition from College into the workforce. Lately, I have been meditating nearly twice per day so that I can gain balance as well as a better understanding of the emotions I currently am feeling. I know that what I am about to write about might be “first world” problems, but you can visit this video, School of Life: First World Problems if you would like to understand more about them. Either way below After this I will be posting my Introduction to the Series, and I hope that those of you on the interwebs will enjoy!