Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Remembering Value


So I stole this from the Internet, but I love it. It's my teaching lesson (to myself) for the day.

To realize the value of a year, ask a university student who failed their freshman year.
To realize the value of a month, ask the mother of a premature baby.
To realize the value of a week, ask a newspaper editor.
To realize the value of a day, ask a single mom working minimum wage to feed her family.
To realize the value of an hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet at the airport.
To realize the value of a minute, ask the husband who missed his last train home from work.
To realize the value of a second, ask the person who just avoided a car accident.
To realize the value of a millisecond, ask the person who won silver in the Olympics.

I think I've been in most of these situations (except replace Olympics with Grade Six track meet), or been close to people who have. It's a nice reminder, when I sometimes feel like a morning is dragging on, or a week is taking forever to get through, that some people are living for mornings, days, weeks.
I am tired this morning, and I feel like I have a long, boring to-do list before work tonight. But rather than make today about paying property tax or ensuring bread rises well before dinner, I'm going to make it an outdoor lake adventure for me and my girl.

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