Deep Learning & Deep Change
On my Happy Day, Friday 24 April 2021
From The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Some years ago, I was online reading an article from the Church website that can be read by clicking the photo above or here. I was impressed by this paragraph, "The learning that allows each of you to rise “to the full stature of your divine potential” is what I will call deep learning: learning of the whole soul—the mind, the heart, the body, and the immortal spirit. Deep learning applies to every kind of knowledge, whether spiritual or secular. Learning is deep when it increases your power to do three things: (1) to know and understand; (2) to take effective, righteous action; and (3) to become more like our Heavenly Father."
In 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown started in March in Malaysia, I had just completed the renovation and furnishing of a new office at Blue Boy Mansion and moved all my books from home to the book shelves at the office. I've certainly kept a life long habit learning from books!
With advanced technology of our cell phone, I started reading Gospel lessons online from Church that were introduced to members world wide in January 2019 to be really useful in our pandemic times when it started a year later. To read the full lesson above, click the photo above or here.
I still have a preference for reading thick books than the online ones. The online Church lessons were shorter to read as only one for each week with interesting videos too that were entertaining as well! I would continue reading books by taking a number home from the office library to be read over time and one of them is seen above entitled, "Deep Change" by Robert E. Quinn. This book had captivated me to read slowly as it was indeed a deep subject with many follow-up exercises for reflection after each chapter that took time to finish the whole book. As I have always been involved in business & management strategies, I was fully impressed by what I was reading and it took me months to finish as I generally kept a busy schedule every day despite the pandemic! The author's profile had also impressed me.
Now I started this online post only after I was reaching towards the end of the book to be at page 177 to read this one line from a paragraph that aroused my curiosity, "When I was in college, I attended a talk on leadership given by Gordon Hinckley." The name of the speaker he was listening to was a former President of our Church and I just had to search online to find this post to be delighted to know the author is also from the same Church! From there I could use the internet to check our Church website that he was also a senior respected member of the Church to be called as a President to serve in the Australia Adelaide mission.
I therefore felt inspired to create this journal that co-incidentally will fulfil my promise made in my Facebook post a day before where I had named the Thursday as my "Super Deep Thinking day!" Now one might ask me why did I name Thursday as such? Well this naming sequence started a week earlier when I named last Friday as my "Happy Day", then Saturday my "Adventure Day" to be followed by Sunday my "Holy Day." Monday became my "Preparation Day" coined from my mission days! I then named Tuesday to be my "Behavior First" day. Wednesday became my "Follow-up Action" day. I only named Thursday, the last name to be given as "Super Deep Thinking" day as first it was my 2nd grand-daughter's birthday where I and my bears were all dressed as Superman plus I was so caught up in Deep Thinking solving some land phone internet problem connection to have also wrongly sent my superman doll present to the old home address of my daughter's! Anyway it all turned out well as the following photos depict:
The internet problem was solved to enable our online meeting and Anya received her present too!
I had spent the whole day out on my bike on Thursday after the zoom meeting to get my car that was ready from the mechanic. It rained on the way so I made 2 new friends in two stop overs for the approx 7 km ride.
I made it without being wet, happy of another simple Superman feat I often experience in life, to be happy that this mechanic whom I used a long time ago when our family were living close to the Ampang town, could fix and service my old Audi!
After putting my bicycle into the car, I dropped by the home of a nice old friend who is a very intelligent well read retired psychiatrist with a packet of fresh coconut juice bought from Ampang. As usual, she had a lot to talk about and so did I so our casual get together lasted till about 10pm. For me, I'm the self made para-psychologist learning from my conversations with a professionally qualified people like her through the process of 'interactions' of my life better explained here.
To be continued and edited as it's 6am Sat 25 Apr 2021 in KL already, my "Adventure day", and I'm off to my early morning planned activity!!!
I arrived early at 7am at the bridge at Kg Kasipillay for a cleanup activity by the sides of the Klang river which parallels a good part of Jalan Ipoh. At a quarter to 7am. I was at the start of Jln Ipoh opposite the Sentul police station to message the member in our WhatsApp group named "Make Bukit Bintang Green Again" who publicized the activity and I committed to participate.
I decided to drive there instead of my original plan of riding my bicycle there as it was drizzling!
It was about half past 9am when volunteers from the Josh Litter Club showed up. I believe they were all meeting in a shelter somewhere. I ate breakfast from a stall nearby and went into the car to catch some sleep!
I partnered with Josh seen on the far left who is from New Zealand who started the 'Litter Club' focused on doing community service by helping to clear litter!
After about 2 hours work of picking up litter by the riverside, everyone gathered together to put their collected rubbish bags by the roadside for the public garbage trucks to collect them.
Event in roughly the same location at Sg. Batu, Kampong Kasipillay on Labor Day 1 May 2021
Drone used for aerial view.
SUSTAINABLE and STEM education
These are the world trends I consider as part of Deep Learning & Deep Change
Happenings in Malaysia: