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Friday, June 28, 2013

Impossible's Possible

There is saying from the holy Bible that, "As a man thinketh, so is he". Beautifully said. Transcendentally true. Politically correct.
It's true that we see the things we are and not the way they are. When we are so inferior of kicking off great things, we find many things impossible. In fact we never realize and take few seconds to think that many great things by the great people are done little by little. Impossible is possible for the people who is unwaveringly determined.
To many of the great philosophers and think tanks, the word impossible is read in a different footing. Through their lens, Impossible means ''I'm possible''. Wow! Isn't it interesting to learn how to walk in their way of understanding?
Neopolean Benorpate has seriously warned that the word impossible is found only in the fool's dictionary.
When India was colonized by the British, Mahatma Gandhi, the physically weak but morally strong, boycotted the British rules and their commodities. Once when he was thrown out of the train by the British, he said, "Just now you throw me out of the train, I will throw you out of the country". Examine the power of this little man with a huge courage. He has converted his anger into determination. He has discovered impossible possible by milking his courage in making independent India. That's Gandhian's, I'm possible.
Many of us have heard this story.
Robert Bruce, the king of Scots could not imagine and believe himself when he lost his kingdom. No matter how hard he mustered the forces, he lost to many innumerable battles.
In an utmost despair, being burnt with the hopelessness flame, he thought of a way to surrender.
In the process, he happened to have taken solace under a crumbling house. And to his surprise, noticed a spider making an attempt to reach the wall top. Each time a spider attempted, it dropped. But he observed that its attempt continues using the same method in its original path. Eventually, it was successful.
Watching the event, the king was transfixed. A new rays of hope surged within him. He realized that his failure was merely a manifestation and synonym of the spiders.
So next time, he gathered all the torn pages of his courage and he too portrayed miracles. What?
An amazing victory. The ideation of spider's attempt dawn him to a realm of success. That's Brucean's I'm possible.
Franklin D Roosevelt was grief stricken with Polio at the age of 39. He did not lose the appetite to grow further simply because of this medical calamity. He ran through politics and won the hearts and minds of the people. Today, history has it that he is the only US President who was elected for thrice. An iconic political figure indeed. That's Franklin's I'm possible.
Self praise is no praise, an old Bhutanese axiom lives. But I am not hesitant to recount it.
When I was asked by my Physics lecturer Mrs. Ugyen Pem to tell the marks I obtained in class XII Physics, I pointed to other end of the row to begin. My conscience directed me the right thing because I stood the lowest with 47 among 33 of us enrolled for Bachelors Degree. That event was detriment to my stand as a future physics teacher while on the other hand shot a message of working harder this time.
The paper that I am made to be proud of

Within those three years of intensive course, it happened to occur miracle in the history of my life. I was stunned to be the recipient of the most coveted F.L.Goropse Prize for Academy Proficiency in B.Ed Secondary Science, 2007 for securing the highest aggregate. It wrote title into my diary as Wangdian's I'm possible.

Mens Sana in Corpore Sano

This is a typical Greek originated jargon used in a discipline called Health and Physical Education (HPE). It means, “Sound Mind in Sound Body”
By design, I am a teacher trained to be teaching this subject. But, many of the times, I remained crippled to teach the subject in the school, because I suffered a deficiency of adequate enabling conditions.
Frankly speaking, this is the subject that garners a huge rainbow of interest in me to learn and teach. And interestingly, it happens to be the formal discipline in other countries for numerous reasons. In Bhutan, while the proponent places a huge recognition, the middle rank bureaucracy fails to be cognizant. Sometimes, I feel this subject has been a mere waste.
The depth of the subject is fathomlessly rooted with higher level of science. We cannot teach in schools whatever we have learned in the college because almost 70% is theory oriented. It is just otherwise in the schools that the course guidelines demand us be none better than a sports coach. Activities designed seem to be simple but attending a refresher course on it would have been a blessing. I do not blame that the Ministry failed to provide induction courses, but I blame them for the negligence.
Sometimes, I believe deploying a full trust sincerely to the dzongkhag is also a wrong idea. Human creativity can easily manufacture a lie and say one thing to the above and does another to the below. Like Bernard Baruch asserts, every deaf, blind and dumb knows “running up stairs and running down people”. They have a greater worry of the dangers of the ceiling above crushing them than the floor below their feet sinking.
I queried my friends whom they all responded me of having Trainer of Trainees (ToT) workshops on current syllabus. My name made to the nomination list but like the sweet words replacing the dull in the composition writing, it got replaced with my principal’s.
I do not envy for him getting such a privilege. That’s good. Why? It was a professional development course. But, many reasons kept lingering in my heart when I was asked to take the subject in the school for all the classes besides other.
Nepotism is still prevalent. Where’s water, there’s rain. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. There is sheer waste here. Classes were not taken. SBIP [School based In-service Program] was not followed. Who exactly will understand the quality of education in Bhutan? The answer is nobody.
I will not talk bullshit about it now.
Globally, huge number of people dies due to sedentary diseases, unhealthy lifestyles and dieting. Physical education is all that deals with this stuff. So, it cannot be taken for granted. It is an education with “Physical” in it. There’s an activity in such education to achieve better human developments. 
Volleyball Winner of  2011 Cluster Schools Meet held at Yadi MSS, Mongar... Hurray!!! My dear girls....
Plato warns that “lack of activity destroys the good conditions of very human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it’. Thomas Wood further clarified that the importance when he said, “The great thought in physical education is not the education of the physical nature, but the relation of physical training to complete education”.
It is classified as a branch of science that caters a holistic development in learners. It umbrellas the three domains of learning: the cognitive (knowledge), affective (Attitudes and values) and the psychomotor (Motor Skills). 
The three domains are explained further below:
The holistic view of Physical Education 

It is also noteworthy to leave a quote of an Indian Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature, Rudyard Kipling,
Nations have passed away and left no traces.
And history gives the naked cause of it –
One single, simple reason in all cases,
They fell because their people were not fit.
Nothing on earth-no arts, no gift, nor graces –
No fame, no wealth –outweighs the want of it.
This is the law which every law embraces –
Be fit-be fit- be fit! In mind and body be fit.
This is the lesson at all times and places –
One changeless Truth on all things changing writ
For boys and girls, men, women, nation and races
Be fit-be fit! And once again-be fit!
                                                        Rudyard Kipling


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