I was listening to an interview this morning (this is the recording on a YouTube) It is in Ukrainian and for Ukrainians who like me need such conversations and support at the time of this war. This time Andriy Kozinchuk, a military psychologist, among other questions, answered this one: What makes you feel alive?
The speaker mentioned emotional and whole-hearted reactions/responses to what is happening around him, savoring a cup of coffee (feeling the taste, the smell, etc.), spending time with the loved ones, being able to hug someone, crying over a touching animated cartoon, and being able to feel you are contributing to something important and worthwhile.
Would my answers be the same? What makes me alive? How different would my answers be from my the fellow Ukrainians at this very moment?
Would your answers be the same? What about your students’ and colleagues’? Am I only asking these questions now because of the war in Ukraine? And only at the time of this war? And can all these (blue and brown) questions be used as a follow-up reflective pause if the activity is used in the classroom? How can changing the question from the activity title, just slightly, make the answers different?
Last summer I bought a hard copy of Stefan Zweig’s essays (stories? journal pages?) called ‘The World of Yesterday’. Started reading it on the bus in August, thought it was so sad, irrelevant, disconnected with (my) reality. Well, I have been reading this book lately, and find it as important and meaningful as it can only be. Just yesterday these words caught my eye, and I would like to leave them here:
“Only the person who has experienced light and darkness, war and peace, rise and fall, only that person has truly experienced life.”
Thank you for reading, and #StandWithUkraine!
P.S. When in doubt how to help Ukraine, donate to ‘Come Back Alive‘ (not only because the name of the NGO correlates with the activity title, but because they contribute to peace and democracy in Ukraine and around the world)