Archive for: June 2017

Opportunities arrive in clusters.

“Waves don’t just roll into the shore one after the other. They come in clusters, or sets. Depending on the weather conditions, the ocean will typically be silent for a while, and then a set of three or four waves will roll in a few seconds apart.

I can always tell the less experienced surfers because they go for the first wave in the set…Not me. I watch and wait. I watch as everyone else rushes for the wave. A few catch it, but most don’t. And all of those who didn’t are now out of position when the second and third waves roll in, which are typically bigger and better formed than the first. That’s when I make my move…” ~ Elana Miller

Photo Credit: Vitaly-Sokol, deviantart.com

13 Tracking Skills for World Explorers

How To Be An Explorer Of The World

1. Always Be LOOKING (notice the ground beneath your feet).
2. Consider Everything Alive & Animate.
3. EVERYTHING Is Interesting. Look Closer.
4. Alter Your Course Often.
5. Observe For Long Durations (and short ones).
6. Notice The Stories Going On Around You.
7. Notice PATTERNS. Make CONNECTIONS.
8. DOCUMENT Your Findings (field notes) In A Variety Of Ways.
9. Incorporate Indeterminacy.
10. Observe Movement.
11. Create a Personal DIALOGUE With Your Environment. Talk to it.
12. Trace Things Back to Their ORIGINS.
13. Use ALL of the Senses In Your Investigations.

~ Keri Smith, How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum

Image Credit: LuftFlotte Steampunk

Aboriginal Children and Their Inner Compass

“Take the Australian aboriginal language Guugu Yimithirr. There are absolutely no words for “left” or “right,” “in front of” or “behind.” Rather than telling someone who dropped a pencil that it is behind him on the left, a speaker of Guugu Yimithirr would indicate that it is to the southeast…Even as young children, they must pay attention to directional clues in the physical environment, such as the position of the sun, every second of their lives. This leads children to intrinsically develop an accurate memory of their own changing orientations at any moment, leading to an almost superhuman sense of direction.” ~ Kaitlin Goodrich

Photo Credit: globalcoalitionforchange.org