I am back at Jakarta almost after 5 weeks. This green city, the ojecks ( motor cycles), vendors at the streets selling all sorts of foods... make me feel I am home. Even this time in Dhaka I was missing Jakarta, life in Jakarta and off course the warm welcoming people of this city! Peoples are busy all day yet not rushing. You won't see here people are walking in hurry. relax and happy smiling faces. In my 2 years stay here now I think peoples smiling face are the uniqueness of this place. But don't they have any issue that they want to improve? How do they do it? How is day to day life for them? How are they thriving? I know little about that.
I am really hesitant to write what I am writing here. I am confused about shifting from AIDS Competence to Life Competence! Friends, I have this question to you, shall we call what we do as "Life Competence"? Don't people just born and naturally develop their life styles, coping mechanism and etc. We as facilittaors ignite people's inner force, inspire and nurture people's strengths. But people take charge and act on thier own. They sing thier own song, in natural way. Can some one be Life Competent through using some techniques and tools or they have their own flow? I hesitate to call our approach as Life Competence. Please think on this and lets come up with a new name.
At our office (UNFPA), we started calling 'gender based violence competence', 'Adolescent Reproductive Health Competence' etc. That make divisions to different issues. I am aware of it and do notlike it either. I invite you all to discuss on this if there is still time to do so.
I found this quote very refreshing,sending this for You!
""A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."
-- Maya Angelou