I've been doing a lot of reading lately about how dog psychology - how man's best friend communicates and behaves (see Alexandra Horowitz's book "Inside of a Dog" - http://insideofadog.com/).
Taking time to reflect
There seems to be a need for balance in this area (and possibly more reflection).
Reflection on the CPD 23 Things Programme so far
- Thing 1 - Start blogging
- Thing 2 - Explore other blogs
- Thing 3 - Consider your personal brand
- Thing 4 - Current Awareness
Looking back at what we've covered so far, deciding to participate in the programme (Thing 1) has been a great opportunity to re-look at blogging and gain a greater appreciation of how it might be useful from a work point of view, so this has been a positive activity. But more than this it has been an opportunity to reconsider my continuing professional development more generally and question which direction I want my career to go in.
A final thought
Going back to animals and reflection, an Aesop's Fable omes to mind called "The Dog and its Reflection". This is a story about a dog, who while carrying a bone, sees his reflection in water. The story's moral according to Jean De La Fontaine is not to be taken in by appearances. Building on this viewpoint, if we are not to be taken in, then we need to learn from such experiences and think about our actions and activities.