~ 7 minutes

Watch the following videos.

Think about what unintended consequences are being revealed by these situations. Was the result of each of these the intent of those involved? Why do you think it happened this way? 

For the Birds | Pixar (3.25 minutes)

These birds react without thinking through how their behavior will play out. What do you think they will do now?

The Bridge Debacle | Ting Chian Tey, The Academy of the Arts University (2.45 minutes) 

Why do you think this situation escalated the way it did? Were there other ways to solve the dispute? Do you think they considered them?

“I’ve got a bad feeling about this…” | Star Wars (1.08 minutes)

Apparently in each Star Wars movie, someone says, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this….” Someone edited those all together. I’ve used it as a fun way to introduce the idea that our feelings give us insight into what’s going on around us… we need to pay attention.

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” ~ Mark Twain

By pausing, evaluating, and responding, rather than reacting on autopilot, we can make better decisions and live more meaningful lives.