Ironwood Maine Web Update

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Viktor Frankle

Throughout the week here at Ironwood, we have had plenty of opportunities to grow through change. One of those opportunities came with a change in our weekly schedule. Despite the alteration to our learned routines, we have all been able to be resilient. Change offers gratitude and sense of respect for alternative perspective and approaches, and how to adapt to situations as they present.  

In our therapeutic experiential group, we participated in forming a square out of a long rope while blindfolded exercise. Each student took hold of the rope with two hands, lowered their blindfolds, and was given instructions to form a square as a group. This activity brought conflict and resolution. Students worked on problem-solving to find methods and strategies to solve the problem and create a perfect square. In a processing conversation following the group, students complimented each other on great team work and resilience. 

This week in character development, we explored the trait of compassion. By defining and detailing many examples of how to demonstrate this trait, students’ eyes were opened to a world that could be better if people had compassion for one another. I think one of the most powerful tools you can have to build a relationship with someone is compassion. 

Throughout our time at Ironwood, we can learn how to accept and embrace change that is both offered to us, and created by us. Change is scary, but inevitable…and necessary.