News update

Well, it’s been great to have the week off work. Tomorrow I have to go in to work to do a demo class for the new kids who are coming to our school.

In my week off I have been waking up early and spending time with Ava. It’s quite nice to have free time at different times of the day. I have been spending a fair amount of time at the computer, so my breaks are at different times to what I am used to.

The Monday just past (2004/07/26) I went to go check out another school. It’s the one that two of the other teachers who are leaving our school are going to.

It’s not too different from the school I am at now, but it is a different system and looks quite organised.

Things go on as usual. Ava is starting to try and sell some things on eBay here in Taiwan. It’s quite exciting and I hope we can make it go well. I am going to be setting up a webpage for her too.

The overcoming depression website is still getting a little bit of work. Now that this site is done ( I can go back to polishing off the depression one and making sure everything is working OK and looks fine, and that the forums are set out in a nice way. The forums are it for the meantime. Maybe some article submission would be cool, but it will wait.

Following Ava’s interest in eBay I have downloaded some ebooks to try and see what there is to see. I might actually try to sell some of the books on eBay too, but I will need them translated first.

That’s all for now.

More about blaming


The more I think about blaming others, the more I see what a devastating effect it has on the lives of so many, and then the less I want to think about it.

So where does it come from, what causes us to become blamers, looking to other people to be the cause or source of our misfortune. Firstly I’d like to outline some things where we do blame others, these are just some thoughts, just as they come up. In fact some of these are probably because I myself have done or continue to do them.

“My job sucks, things will be better when I get a promotion or change jobs.”
“That person makes my life so difficult, I can’t do anything because of them.”
“If only (something) hadn’t/had happened then (something) would be better.”

One thing we must remember however, before I go on, is that we must NEVER try to play down someone elses pain or hurt, even if it appears to be their own fault. God is the judge, the standards by which we judge others will be the standards by which we are judged. Care and understanding is always necessary, because these things often cause very deep pain.

So, firstly lets look at the person who hoping a new job will help them. The realities are that a new job could very well be better for the person, a promotion too could do the same thing. One thing we have to note is the business world. Often the reason for wanting the move or change is something that has not been fulfilled by our work. Maybe the co-workers are a pain in the butt, maybe the boss is not nice.

But have you tried to change the situation?

Many times wonderful things begin to happen when one person decides they are going to put asside their personal needs and wants and try to help others, and see the other persons side. Have you actively stopped talking about fellow employees and the boss behind their back. Become their advocates and look for the best in them, very often simply finding the positive things in someone else is a good start. Or at the very least, just stop gossiping. I have found that very often the complaints about someone else are actually a very true reflection of your own shortcomings. Action, and talking to the other person about issues that are on your mind is infinitely more useful than talking about them. It takes character and strength to do this quite often, but it’s well worth it.

I appears I have pretty much covered the annoying other person comment.

It’s sad to say but blaming appears to become the way people do things from childhood. The school “system” and don’t forget that’s what it is, schools did not look like they do today a few hundred years ago. Our current education system has children stuck in chairs from a ridiculously young age learning things that were useful to explorers two hundred years ago, but not very relevent today, quite often. This system does not allow children to develop the skills they need to get on with others. It is a very basic thing to pass the blame onto others, I have seen my own classes of children do this. Children need to develop the character to accept their mistakes, parents need to discontinue disproportionate punishment for childrens mistakes, and make them take responsibility in a sensible manner. This way we can help them to grow up to be mature adults who can work well with others.

So in conclusion I think we all need to consider where we put the blame. If we can do something, then do it. If you’re in the situation already, think about what you can do. Don’t blame the system, find a way to work with it, become a leader. Christ was the greatest leader, and what did he do? He served.

Jesus was terrified when he was on his way to be crucified, but he brought his fears before God with prayer and all the time was a servant.

I pray that each of us can become more like this, and realise what wonderful plans God has in store for out lives. Stop worrying about all of your own problems and become a servant.

Until next time, God bless.

The cycle of blame

As things change at work and people are leaving one thing has come into my mind.

How often do we blame other people or things for what is happening to us?

Let me set the scene and then explain.

My school has lots of problems, from administration downward. It’s pretty badly managed. In the week to come the academic director (second in charge) and another teacher are leaving the school. As they leave I have to wonder, “Will things change now that they are gone?”

There is a constant muttering and complaining about how what we do is effected by the people at the school headquarters. But is it really? People complain that for everything they do, everyone in the headquarters is against them, so no matter how hard they work, they can’t get anything done, or the other people are just so mean.

It is never possible to please all of the people all of the time, because the world is a place of such different people. Even if what you do is good, there is always someone who won’t like whatever it is you do.

OK, let me get my thoughts back together.

Although we (including myself at times) complain what a hard time we get from the people at the headquarters about what goes on at our school, I think the reality is a lot different from what is told. There is the feeling that the people at the headquarters have complete control over us.

It’s just not true.

They provide us with the information and we do the work. We hardly ever see the people from the headquarters. What we do pretty much comes down to us in the end, cause we are the ones doing it. We are not controlled by them. We cannot do anything about their complete lack of organization, but that only effects us if we simply rely on them as small children rely on their parents for food and protection.

So another question arises, “Are you part of the problem or the solution.”

A person who is part of the problem might say something like, “I can’t do it because…” or “But,…”. A person who is part of the solution says, “So how can we solve this?” or “Well, the situation is bad, so what can we do about it.”

We need to be part of the solution. We need to take action. We need to do the things that need to be done, not wait for someone else to follow like sheep. You need to put your faith in God. You need to align yourself with the guidelines that God has given all of us through the Bible.

God put us on this earth for a reason. Stop complaining, become part of the solution. God is the answer. He has given us the Bible to tell us how to go about things. Serve him. Now.

There is no time for, “I’m waiting for (something) to happen before I…”

Jesus never put off doing miracles and preaching the word because the weather was bad or someone had not given him a good job that paid well. He just did it.

There is always something you can do, no matter how small it seems, and every time you praise God and share his word with someone else, you glorify him.

So praise God. He is the only solution.

My first thought


Well this is the first time to put my thoughts down in here.

It has been quite amazing as I have looked through the internet trying to find the answers to so many questions I have had about websites. The one thing I have found to be so true, is that there is pretty much an answer to everything in terms of making a very cool and useful website.

Never in the history of the planet has there been a chance to send a message to so many people in so little time, without too much effort. For the first time in history, the idea behind what you are doing is infinitely greater than the skill you have in setting it up.

As I get this ‘blog’ going, I thought how much work and hard effort it must have taken others to set up the same things on their websites, but not so.

Content is king.

The technical details of setting this kind of thing up are small in comparisson to the amount and quality of information that can be stored and put in by other people. It’s the idea that counts the most, the details can be settled easily enough.

The power of giving a huge number of people the opportunity to express their thoughts and tell others what they think through the internet is truly remarkable. It is a turn in history that is quite fascinating.

Well, that’s it for now, I am still amazed myself at all of this, but still I sit here fiddling with it.

So, till next time

God bless