Thursday, August 06, 2009

I had a very special teacher in high school many
years ago whose husband unexpectedly died
suddenly of a heart attack.

About a week after his death, she shared some
of her insight with a classroom of students.
As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming
in through the classroom windows and the class
was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on
the edge of her desk and sat down there.

With a gentle look of reflection on her face,
she paused and said, "Before class is over,
I would like to share with all of you a thought
that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is
very important.

Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share,
love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of
us knows when this fantastic experience will end.

It can be taken away at any moment. Perhaps this
is God's way of telling us that we must make
the most out of every single day."

Her eyes beginning to water, she went on, "So
I would like you all to make me a promise.
From now on, on your way to school, or on your
way home, find something beautiful to notice.
It doesn't have to be something you see --it
could be a scent -- perhaps of freshly baked
bread wafting out of someone's house, or it
could be the sound of the breeze slightly
rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way
the morning light catches one autumn leaf as
it falls gently to the ground.

Please, look for these things, and cherish them.
For, although it may sound trite to some, these
things are the stuff" of life. The little things
we are put here on earth to enjoy. The things we
often take for granted. We must make it important
to notice them, for at any can all be
taken away."

The class was completely quiet. We all picked
up our books and filed out of the room silently.
That afternoon, I noticed more things on my way
home from school than I had that whole semester.
Every once in a while,
I think of that teacher and remember what an
impression she made on all of us, and I try to
appreciate all of those things that sometimes
we all overlook.

Take notice of something special you see on
your lunch hour today. Go barefoot. Or walk on
the beach at sunset. Stop off on the way home
tonight to get a double-dip ice cream cone.
For as we get older, it isn't the things we did
that we often regret, but the things we didn't do.

:: Author Unknown ::

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