Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Paradigm Shift

The boys and I are reading from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Every morning we read around two pages from the book and discuss it. Usually the discussions are short but through the day the new vocabulary is used and the new concepts tried.
Today the conversation was longer and interspersed with laughter! We read about the paradigm (pear-uh-dime) shift of a lady at an airport. She bought a drink and a package of cookies, then sat down at a vacant table. She was reading her newspaper when she heard some rustling. She looked up and saw a man eating her cookies! She madly took some of the cookies and a bit later he man took some more. She reached out and took some too. Back and forth they each ate the cookies until there was only one left. The man took the last cookie, broke it in half and gave her one of the halves. He then left. The woman was in a huff, angry at the man for what he had done. She got ready to go, opening her purse in the process, and was met with her package of cookies in her purse!
The boys and I had a great conversation about how we see things one way, but even a small amount of new information can change how we see it, dramatically.

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