Sunday, November 24, 2013

Teachable Moment

“The greatest part of each day, each year, each lifetime is made up of small, seemingly insignificant moments. Those moments may be cooking…playing catch with a child before dinner, speaking out against a distasteful joke, driving to the recycling center…. But they are not insignificant, especially when these moments are models for kids.”+

- Barbara Coloroso (20th Century), U.S. Parent, Educator, Author. Kids Are Worth It (1994)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Everyone Is Important

During Mark's first month of college, the professor gave his students a pop quiz. He was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until he read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was some kind of joke. He had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would he know her name? He handed in his paper, leaving the last question blank.

Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward the quiz grade. "Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They each deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say 'hello'". Mark never forgot that lesson. He also learned her name was Dorothy.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Starfish

Once a man was walking along a beach. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. Off in the distance he could see a person going back and forth between the surf's edge and and the beach. Back and forth this person went. As the man approached, he could see that there were hundreds of starfish stranded on the sand as the result of the natural action of the tide.

The man was stuck by the the apparent futility of the task. There were far too many starfish. Many of them were sure to perish. As he approached, the person continued the task of picking up starfish one by one and throwing them into the surf.

As he came up to the person, he said: "You must be crazy. There are thousands of miles of beach covered with starfish. You can't possibly make a difference." The person looked at the man. He then stooped down and pick up one more starfish and threw it back into the ocean. He turned back to the man and said: "It sure made a difference to that one!"

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday's and Football

I absolutely love this time of year... Friday's and football. There is nothing like a community coming together to support and cheer on a team. As I sit back and witness such events (sometimes in complete awe), it brings perspective of pure joy in a world that is so burdened by negativity and stresses. I find that I can escape for those two hours and cheer with all sorts of people - young and old. Watching football is a timeless classic. I also enjoy watching the band halftime shows and the different special acknowledgements/dedications at the games. It allows for celebration and release. It gives everyone a reason to be one - a team. Crisp air and cheering fans coming together. It is perfect.