I just recently took my family to Disney World for a little summer getaway. While I was there, I couldn't help but be blown away by the magic and effort that Disney put into every little detail. Each ride was an experience within itself, every corner we turned had another surprise waiting, and each intricate detail made for an amazing adventure. As we trekked miles and miles and experienced as much magic as possible, I couldn't help but think about how they engage every person from every walk of the world. How do they capture human emotion and nostalgia within every person in a different way? Disney has found a secret formula and I want some in my gym! As my trip unfolded, I began to make connections that gave me some insight into the magic. It all goes back to every sense! It starts with the strongest sense we have, Smell. As you walk into the park you are bombarded with an amazing aroma of food. You then open your wallet, and get to experience the taste of the magic that only enhances with every bite. As you look up from your savory treat, your sight is bombarded with things moving, colors flashing, and intricate details that have you making an air rainbow with your head (moving from right to left in a slow motion for those of you saying.. "What the heck is a air rainbow?" You now under their spell. You walk into your favorite ride and a story is told, an experience is created and the room goes black and your sight is taken so your ears can be part of this experience. The sounds, noises, and music have the cilia (hair) in your ears start to do jumping jacks as your eyes rest up for the next moment. The wind hits your face, scents are released that match your experience, and you are on the edge of your seat wondering what sense is going to be hit next. That is all you have to do to bring your teaching level up to Disney! I know, I know, easier said than done. We can do it! Even with just one sense at a time easier than you think. Can you shut the lights off during one of your activities and watch it entirely change the activity? Can you use small amounts of water and have it touch a few students during an adventure activity when the students least expect it? Can you play goose-bump music when you do your Halloween obstacle course? Would it be possible to place some crushed up fruit under a fan to enhance the nutrition activity your students are doing? The possibilities are endless and the fun part lies in trying to think like Disney. Trying to connect a positive experience to Health and Physical Education for students to hold onto their entire lives. We get that amazing opportunity everyday so why not create our own magic? Why not make our gyms into amusement parks? Why not cement our teaching into the minds of the future and RISE our profession up, RISE ourselves up, and most importantly RISE our students up? Thanks Disney for the inspiration!
I am a huge fan of The Hustle (a witty Online that site that sends a daily email about Business, Technology, and Culture) While I was reading one of their daily emails, I came across a Story about how deep breathing helps with reducing stress. As I read and scrolled through the article (while I was in an Under Armour store waiting for my wife and daughter who were in the fitting room as I pushed my sleeping son in his stroller), I came across the image above and couldn't help but try to follow the simple instructions. After two synced breathes, I immediately felt recharged and calmer. I gave me a few minutes to gear up and get ready for the adventures that a baby brings when they wake from a nap. With that being said, I wanted to post and share because sometimes we need to just breathe. This inspirational gif is a small reminder to just take a few seconds to get your life on the path you want. On the path that helps you achieve tranquility and focus one breathe at a time.
This is my first official blog post on my new site and I thought it would be extremely fitting to blog about something that directly connects with my journey towards personal empowerment and my son's first steps. We all start off helpless, crawling, and eventually stepping into the world with the same excitement, same obstacles, and same curiosity towards life! Over time steps just become steps and the motion becomes expected as the excitement fizzles out. The routine, monotony of life (and cold weather of NJ) can sometimes get in the way of our happiness and dreams. When that happens we must remember to slow life down (like Aidan did for me tonight) and realize that sometimes the next journey is only a few steps away. I share this video to remind us all to start getting back up and taking steps in the directions that make us the best versions of ourselves. Towards achieving happiness with things (that aren't things) that sustain themselves for long durations, and towards what we know in our hearts will ultimately bring us what we are looking for in this life! Now go and take some small steps towards what makes you happy!