― Ayi Kwei Armah,
― Ayi Kwei Armah,
Time is my lover
It is my friend
It speeds the necessity of flow
Within the veins of all that will be..
all that is known
we once were romantic lovers
we both figured out very early
Sentimentality isn’t the strongest of bonds for us to be in
it’s not real enough for us
we both became disappointed quite easily
So we decided to yield to our natural waves
within vibrational love
In knowing that time only tells with this one life.
Times intention for me is always in lifting me up
To be greater than what I can see within the moment
it’s within that moment I’m able to lay seeds
for the future tense and only time allows me to see
for me..I respect the laws of it’s frequency
It’s the angel of stillness upon a frosted corner in the middle of a lonely night when only the sounds of nature and the spirit world are active.
it allows me to be courageous
It’s my navigation system within a jungle of oppressive systems
it allows me to be resilient
It’s the brilliant sunbeams that feed my melanin energy at the calm of every story that my ancestors have transmitted unto my DNA
it allows me to create
I allow it to love me
Is my lover
It’s my friend
It’s my twin soul experience of what was before and everything that comes after it
it’ will be my forever meantime
Time is my everything…
How authentic do we want this experience to continue to be? During boot camp nobody receives choices other than to do what’s being instructed in the military. Why should we give our learners choices when our combat veterans had none? What do we do? Is it possible to recreate this feeling of loss of choices? We’re mirroring an experience many of our learners, future social workers and helping professionals, may not ever experienced in their life. There needs to be a learning balance.
Working on this problem of how authentic our simulated experiences should be is tough when designing. As an inclusive designer, I love to give learners choices on how they submit their assignments to help increase the engagement yet should they have a choice on what they do during boot-camp? The die heart immersive designer in me says NO! I always ask, What would Chris say (My brother from another mother). It would be no lol yet I’m glad Emily brought up these question during our work time. Early this week we came up with some amazing ideas on how to give our learners choices on what to do during boot-camp and assigning points while creating a leader board to view the points. lol We go big all the time. Now…we’re back to the basics on allowing no choice in what they do for boot-camp but choice in how they submit. The boot-camp assignments are to build camaraderie. The only way to do is have all of them go through the same thing and share.
Dilemma solved. Love to hear your thoughts.