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Apr 25, 2018

When is the last time you used a something that did not need a power source or WiFi? We have lost touch with the real, tangible world. The 4H Shooting Sports camp is a great way to get kids away from the artificial, digital world and back in touch with the real world.


Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

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*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset, and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Yes indeed it is I, it is time for 1 more addition to Morning Mindset, yes just 1 more. I wanted to speak today to the real world, the tangible world. Now yesterday I talked about Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”, the actual album. One of those black things with grooves in it that you put onto a turntable and listen to music. When it was a youth, that’s what we would do. We got albums, you’d put it on the turntable, then you would listen to the music, and while you listened to the music you would look at the album cover.

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You say “What, you’d just look at the album cover?” Yes, because that had pictures and paragraphs and little easter eggs, but we didn’t call them easter eggs back then. But you held them upside-down and sideways, and if you listened to The Beatles albums, you held them up to mirrors and so forth. The jackets, liners, dusk covers, it was tangible. Something you held in your hands. Concerts, music concerts, we actually stood in line outside of record stores, sometimes for hours, so we could be 1st-2nd in line when the store opened so we could walk inside to exchange paper money for paper tickets.

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They were real, you owned them, could hold them in your hand. When is the last time that you engaged in an activity that didn’t require a power source or WiFi connection? We are raising a generation of children who have lost touch with the real, tangible world. You wonder why kids can’t communicate with each other? It’s because they don’t, they don’t communicate face-to-face. They’ll sit around in a group, looking down at their phones. They’ll send texts to people that are in the same room together.

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Now one of the activities that my family has been participating in, since the year 2000, I was in 4H. I was in the 4H Program, when i was a teenager, when we lived on a small farm in Ohio, my brother & sister were. I’ll admit we went into it kind of begrudgingly, but I made friends and I was active in the, what did they call it… Teen Council or Youth Council. But when my kids were older, there was a 4H shooting sports club in our county, and I immediately got them involved. My older son, then my daughter, then my youngest son, they all went through the Shooting Sports program.

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I was counselor and an instructor and so forth, but every year we would have a Shooting Education Camp. The kids got to decide if they wanted to participate in archery activities or shotgun activities, they got to pick a discipline. When the 4H shooting camp started many years ago, they had to institute a no mobile/cell phones policy. No laptops, no wifi, no phones. When the kids come to camp-, they tell the parents “If you need to get in contact with your kid, if there is an Emergency, this is the phone number you call. The head counselor, this is their number. The office, this is their number.”

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The kids don’t need to have phones, don’t tell me “it’s an emergency and they have to have it”, nope. If the kid- and this is what’s important, the adults tell the adults who bring their kids, “If your kid can’t live 6-7 days without a mobile phone, take them home, they don’t need to be here.” So for an entire week, modern teenagers, they have to live with no wifi. No battery operated devices, no texting, no tweeting, Etc. What do they do? They take advantage of the real, tangible world. Like archery, there is no app for archery. You actually have to learn, use your body, hand & arms & eyes, to line up the arrow and release it at the right time if you want it to go into the target.

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The great thing about shooting sports is, the target doesn’t care about your feelings. It doesn’t care what your mommy & daddy told you, if you don’t do what you’ve been taught, apply it physically with your hands & arms, if you don’t apply it you won’t hit the target. It’s not gonna happen, because there is no Wifi solution, there is no cheat code, you actually have to do it. You have to close the hole under your nose, and open both your ears and pay attention. The great thing is, most kids will do it. If you unplug them from the Wifi, and their twitter and so forth, and you get them out into the real world, you may be surprised how they’ll enjoy it! They may be surprised how much they enjoy it.

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They may decide that they want to spend less time in the digital world and more time in the real world. Think about that. Alright ladies & gentlemen, thank you for joining me for this episode of Morning Mindset. Please share this, don’t be greedy. I am your host Paul Markel, and I’ll talk to you again, real soon.


[OUTRO]

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