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Are Your Choices in Life Made For All the Right Reasons?

*     Why are you doing the things you are currently doing?

*     What is motivating you to go to your JOB each and every day?

*     Why do you overeat at every meal?

*     Why do you sit watching the TV every night instead of going for that walk you always talk about?

The questions could go on and on….but do we really ask ourselves these questions with the view to actually answering them.  Most of us just make off-the-cuff comments about the way we conduct our lives.  Yes, we halfheartedly ask the questions but do nothing to come up with meaningful answers.

For us to properly answer any of these types of questions, we have to understand why we are doing certain things.  Let’s just take the second question as an example.  What is the motivating force that has you going back every day to your JOB, whatever that might be?   You could be a teacher or you could be a six-figure income earner in a top corporate company.  It makes no difference what your job is when it comes to personal self-examination.

Obviously, you are the only one that can accurately answer the question, but here are some possible reasons, depending on the particular job you have:

*     You have no education, so this is all you are qualified to do;

*     This was the profession your father was in and you went to University to get the proper education to qualify;

*     You have a family to provide for so you have to feel safe and secure in your job;

*     You need to know a certain amount of money is coming in every week to pay your bills;

*     There is a lot of prestige that goes along with your position;

*     People in the community respect you and that makes you feel good.

These are just a few examples….there are many more reasons that have you going each day to the same job. 

The question now is whether you are going there for all the right reasons.  Most people think they are in full control of their lives, when in actual fact, life is just happening to them and it is not a result of any meaningful thoughts or actions on their part.

Probably one of the first questions to ask yourself in relation to your job is whether this is really and truly what you want to be doing with your life.  If you could be anything you wanted to be, without having to worry about finances and other factors, what would you be?  What was your dream as a child or a young person and why did you veer away from that dream?

I am not saying that you can instantly make major changes in your life but unless you ask these crucial questions, you are probably never going to achieve the things that are truly in your heart.  You might not be able to make a huge leap at the present time, but I am sure that there would be some step you could take in the right direction.  I recall a story about a woman who longed to be a pianist as a youngster but, as is often the case, life happened.  Before she knew it, she was married and had a few children to care for.  She had a part-time job at a local grocery store. 

She went through this exercise and realized that her dream of being a pianist was still there.  She then made the conscious decision to sign up for piano lessons and little by little she became more and more proficient at playing the piano.  Soon she was playing on Sunday at her local church and later she was invited to play at a few concerts.  She is continuing to improve and is looking forward to actually becoming a piano teacher herself and she says she could not be any happier.  She will be able to work from her home and therefore there will be little to no disruption in her ability to take care of her family.

Until we engage in some self-examination, it’s not likely that our lives with change in any measurable way and we will continue to be like fallen leaves just blowing aimlessly in the wind.

So let’s do everything for all the right reasons and our lives will certainly then be meaningful and fulfilled.

Quality Special Education For The Deaf and the Blind Children

Quality awareness for special education for the deaf and blind children should be on constant scrutiny to educational bodies and institutions so that these kids can be assured of getting the right learning for their almost independent growth. These kids have a different way of learning because of their physical limitations but their education should not be substandard or less impressive than what common schooling could offer.

Special education for these children should be given in quality instructions and caring educators who can have the skills and knowledge on how to teach these kids in a way that can get around either of their auditory or visual physical limits. Braille reading skills, sign language, and creative learning are keys of quality educators in teaching these kids some of the lessons they have to know and understand.

Some of these children are often gifted in some ways and their educators should cultivate their individual and signature talents to boost the child’s esteem and confidence. For example, a child may be blind but he can be a piano prodigy because of his superior auditory skills. Some children often develop higher sensory perception in their other functioning faculties because their body adjust their sensory functions to compensate for their lack of sight, hearing, or speech.

Putting this children in public educational institution can be harmful in their psychological and social capacities as they can be isolated or have special considerations that might upset others who cannot understand their condition. This can lead to bullying and general hostility from the other students who have no physical liabilities. That is why it is recommended for the deaf and the blind to have a special education in an institution or be home schooled by special educators. Ironically, back in 1975′s All Handicapped Children Act mandated a fair and equal opportunity for the special able kids to have education and special services in any local educational institution. And yet, about 85% of these special kids are still being educated separately from the other common population.

Sadly, state education boards are not prioritizing these set of special students due to the minority of their population against the whole public schooling. An expert told that educational practices should be invented to help build quality in special education so that special able kids can have better chances of future employment and semi-independence.

The lesser focus of the state government in managing the educational systems for the special able kids can be disheartening to most of their parents. That is why most of these folks tend to home-school their kids to at least give them some leverage in learning about the world and what it has to offer. It is quite hard for parents to watch helplessly as their kid wallow in a enclosed world where he cannot function socially as a normal child.

But studies are being compiled to be able to appeal to the state educational regulators to consider having a quality-assured practices in special education. Special able kids can be limited in their physical attributes, but their minds can have the learning capacity that most of kids in school can. This is an issue that should involve the parents, educational board, and the schools.

Education for an In Demand Career: X-Ray Tech Classes

Finding a stable career can seem like a daunting challenge in today’s workplace. The tech bubble is bursting, and jobs that were “guaranteed” careers several years ago, are disappearing today in haste. The medical field however, has been the most in demand career field for over one hundred years. The need for all kinds of medical professionals will continue to grow, making medicine, the best choice for a stable career.

X-ray technicians are a specialized group in the medical industry that is responsible for working with patients to explain the process of taking x-ray photographs, preparing those patients, positioning them in front of a machine, photographing them, developing the film, and working on the x-ray machines. The work responsibilities of an x-ray technician, also known as a radiologic technician or a radiographer, are highly specialized meaning those who fill the role know, on a daily basis, the duties he or she will be performing.

Students still wavering on what they might like to major in, and people wanting a career change should consider X-ray Tech classes. Earning a degree as a radiographer takes just two years, and entry-level employees earn around $35,000 a year. The continued expansion of medical photographic technology is increasing the demand for radiographers and it is currently in the top ten, most in demand jobs, in the United States.

Students who decide to pursue their degree in X-ray technology can look forward to a classroom environment that blends the traditional lecture and book study with hands-on training at a facility. Because an X-ray technician will have a high degree of interaction with patients in a hospital environment, a substantial aspect of their schooling focuses on patient care and patient procedure. At the same time, unlike nurses and doctors whose main job is patient interaction, radiologic technicians work many hours without patients, focusing on the machines they operate, developing photo scans and delivering reports.

The blend of personal and behind the scenes work that radiographers engage in makes the field perfect for both introverted and extroverted individuals. Hands-on work with machinery satisfies kinesthetic types while visual stimulation is a constant part of the job as workers evaluate x-ray photographs. Working in one of the most sensory jobs in medicine, the technician will find many opportunities for continued education and learning.

Because the field for their work is growing these technicians are no longer relegated only to hospitals. Though the equipment needed for x-ray photographs is expensive (historically making it unavailable to smaller businesses), the demand for these services has grow such that independent facilities that focus specifically on radiology have opened around the country. Work opportunities for those with a degree in radiology are growing daily. People wanting to develop in a new career will find stimulation in the field to keep them engaged and pursuing personal growth. Where nurses, doctors and many other medical professionals interact directly with open wounds and bodily fluids, restricting their career field to those with a strong stomach and a desire to help the vulnerable, radiology is removed from much of the less appealing aspects of medicine but still close enough to give its specialists a chance to help others in need.