The Struggle to Perservere
By Trystyn Bensfield
You Can Do It... Oncoming an Obstacle
One method to overcoming an obstacle is to follow these steps:
1. Embrace self awareness
2. Use time to your advantage
3. Commit to focused discipline
4. Engage your own creativity
Setting goals both big and small are an important step when overcoming an obstacle. Some questions and tips to ask yourself or someone else can help to unlock hidden answers to the problems:
1. Question the Problem
2. Question the origin of the problem
3. Identify the details
4. Determine the consequences
5. Take Control.
6. Identify the positives
7. Gain Perspective
8. Expand your options
This entire process can be very overwhelming, especially when the challenge has a timeline and is very unfamiliar to one. It is alright to invite others to get their unbiased opinion or simply, a different outlook. One can step back emotionally, gain necessary resources and support, acquire a different perspective, seek guidance, and adjust priorities. Is is also rare to overcome an obstacle unless you are able to figure it out. One must ask, What went wrong? There are many things one can do to get back on track if you are unable to overcome an obstacle.
1. List options
2. Ask Questions
3. Think Critically
4. Take small steps
5.Learn from mistakes
6. Keep things simple
7. Cultivate self belief and confidence
8. Cultivate an active mindset
9. Don't dwell on the negatives
10. Don't look for sympathy
11. Don't quit
Obstacles are small tests in life, preparing us for our life ahead. We must view them as small or large stepping stones rather than a negative problem. Think things through. Baby steps, Use your resources. And Good Luck.
Ebony and Ivory: The Trials and Tribulations of Poaching
Polio - It's History
Polio, caused by three types of viruses and spread by body fluids, was especially a problem during the summer months. While most people recovered from polio, many were left with permanent paralysis. Many died, and many of the victims were children.
When the numbers of polio cases reached huge, huge numbers in the 1940s and 1950s, scientists went to work on a vaccine to try and eliminate this disease. Dr. Jonas Salk was the first to invent a vaccine that was successful in slowing the spread of polio. Between 1955 and 1957, Millions of children were vaccinated. As a result, only 5,600 cases of polo were reported in the U.S. in 1957.
In 1962, Dr. Albert Sabin's oral polio vaccine replaced the Salk vaccine. It was easier to administer and, most importantly, it lasted longer. In 1964, only 121 cases of polio were reported in the U.S. Since then, it can be said that in the U.S. and worldwide, thanks to the mass numbers of immunization, polio has just about been eliminated. Polio is history.
Achieving Civil Rights Peacefully
Though their goals were similar, their backgrounds were very different. Gandhi, born in India, was educated in London, England and became a Lawyer, Dr, King became a minister. When Gandhi's law practice in India did not go as planned, he became a legal adviser with a law firm in South Africa. It was during his twenty years in South Africa that he began "teaching the policy of passive resistance" because Indian immigrants were denied civil liberties and political liberties. After WWI, Gandhi became an international symbol to free India from British Rule. India did get freedom from Britain in 1947.
It was Dr. King who dramatized the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955. This boycott made him famous and the public learned his feelings on the teachings of Gandhi. In the summer of 1963, Dr. King led the march on washington. Because of his involvement in this march, he won the Nobel peace prize in 1964.
A year after India became independent from Great Britain, Gandhi was assassinated. He was 79 years old. Dr. King was also assassinated. He died April 5, 1968. He was 39. While Gandhi lived to see India become Independent, the struggle for civil rights for everyone in america continues today.
Manatee: Sea Cow
Manatees are active all the time and can sleep at the water's surface. Up to twenty males can surround one female during mating season. Some other groups may form in other areas as well. Manatees communicate by sound, mainly with their calves. They also engage in tactile contact by using hair across their body and muzzle. The live a long time and reproduce slowly. They live close to sixty years. Manatees have no natural predators, with humans being their greatest threat. Collisions with boats and crushing into canal gates are a major cause of death.