Our health, sense of wellbeing and sense of who we are (identity) and who we are becoming (learning and development) are influenced by the way we live – our habits, our relationships, circumstances, problems, illnesses, achievements and how we deal with setbacks, and day to day experiences. These feelings emerge through our everyday living but they develop over the accumulation of lots of days of living. There are therefore two scales of involvement – the lifewide and lifelong.
In our inquiry we focused on the question of what motivates us and how commitment to a belief or cause develops. We explored the diverse range of needs that compel us to do what we do. Being able to satisfy these needs, at least in part, helps us achieve a sense of wellbeing - feeling comfortable, healthy, satisfied, happy and or fulfilled that we are living a life with purpose and meaning. While tackling and making progress with challenges, or seeing and acting on new opportunities satisfies our need to learn and develop.
Our inquiry is underlain by the proposition that by helping nature, the environment and sustainability we are helping ourselves and our stories of participation reflect the choices we are making to help ourselves in our own circumstances. As we move into the final stage of our inquiry it is important to reflect on whether or how this proposition was realised and manifested in our own projects.
My responses to the reflective prompts