Thursday, June 30, 2011

What employers look for in new college graduates?*

In a study published in a book by William D. Coplin titled "10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College" hiring manager say they want college graduates with the following skills and attributes:

1. Communication skills
2. Honesty/integrity
3. Teamwork skills
4. Interpersonal skills
5. Strong work ethic
6. Motivation/initiative
7. Flexibility/adaptability
8. Analytical skills
9. Computer skills
10. Organizational skills

Experience with Nothing.

"What would I be doing if I weren't alive?" If I weren't flooding the sandbox. Granted I wouldn't know any different, but where was my conscious prior to life? What was I doing in the run up to this[Life]?" As a 10 year old boy, I became terrified. The prospect of death, or non existence sowed its seed early on. The thought plagued my mind, the question destroyed every mental comfort I could conceive of, every nook and cranny in my mind was mercilessly destroyed. I couldn't escape, and still can't. Ruthless in its path, enlightening in its wake. There was no place safe and no safe place within my head. Terrified memories still give me goosebumps.

As a child, I began I gained a keen awareness of time. I firmly remember the island I built in my cousin's sandbox. Keeled on the ground, I recognized moments from then on as the bright overwhelming orange light of the sun that rests every night between the wooden planks of the fence would begin to cool the surrounding sand. The warm sand that is being blasted with life from the sunlight will begin a process to cool itself. An expository tale of the world around me played itself out through the sand. Of how my surrounding came to be through weathering. This process wasn't anything new, but along the way, my existence was.

Staring at the trees glimmering in the sunlight across the street, I felt that somehow I was communicating with nature. And she'd gentle whisper using the life blasted sand particles to speak with me. Of course I was way to young I couldn't place this experience into words, nor did I exactly want to, I was completely comfortable coming to awareness, into the stage of my life without telling anyone. The cycles, the seasons, day and night, time marched on. I had a covenant, everyday that would come, the stars in sky, and sun on the horizon reinforced the message of there is nothing to worry about.

I experienced that parable, I didn't read it. I understood instinctively what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 6:25-34. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." I already knew and by the time the Bible came around and made it big in my life, I wasn't satisfied with what it said anymore, it wasn't enough, I was ready for next step. My curiosity was thrown into overdrive. Determined to discover what life had to offer and how I could advance in my journey.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Favorite Quotes

Life is ironic. We are absurd creatures.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. -Einstein

I don’t think we are seeking a meaning for life rather I think what we are seeking an experience for being alive. So that the experiences we have on purely physical plane will have resonances within our inner most being and reality so that we have the rapture of being alive. -Joseph Campbell

We shall not cease from exploring, and at the end of our exploration, We will return to were we started, and know the place for the first time. -T. S. Elliot

Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? -Douglas Adams

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

I must study politics and war, so that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
-John Adams

Let me make it clear that when I say admire the United States, the United States is not the government. There is very little in the government that I admire-certainly not in the present, and certainly not in recent years. What I admire is the spirit of independence and thought, which has allowed so many Americans to protest against policies they disagreed with. Working people who have been trying in every possible way against great odds to improve conditions in their lives...of working people getting together and doing what the government will not do for them.
-Howard Zinn

there is nothing to save you
other than your own awareness
nothing to move you
other than your own will
nothing to enlighten you
other than your own insight
there is no salvation apart from
the light of your own mind.

Let me tell you a secret, something they don't teach you in your temple. The Gods envy us. They envy us because we're mortal, because any moment may be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we're doomed. You will never be more lovely than you are now. We will never be here again. Everything is more beautiful because we are doomed.

In a native American parable, the Creator gathers all the animals and says: 'I want to hide something from humans until they are ready for it-the realization that they create their own reality'. Give it to me, I'll fly to the moon,' says the Eagle. No, one day soon they will go there and find it.' How about the bottom of the ocean?' asks the salmon. 'No they will find it there too.' I will bury it in the great plains,' says the buffalo. 'They will soon dig and find it there.' Put it inside them,' says the wise grandmother mole.
'Done' says the Creator. 'It is the last place they will look.'

If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?