We have all been faced with mortality at some point in our lives, whether that be a relative, close friend, or
somebody you went to high school with, regardless we have all experience this in our lives.
Losing somebody is never easy. Everyone is different and they process the loss so differently. There is no perfect way to handle the grief. If there was, somebody would be making billions just to help others cope with loss.
I am always encouraged by this quote from Gandhi, “The future depends on what you do today.” This is so very true. What you do specifically today impacts everything. Even the small things.
I remember specifically a couple of years ago I was leaving out of the house to head to work. As I got to my truck I realized I forgot my wallet inside. I went back in and grabbed it and headed out.
About a mile down the road from us is a pretty busy highway that connects the towns to the south of us. I need to cross this highway each day to get to work. Just as I was starting to approach the light on the highway where I needed to cross, I was noticing that there were a number of people standing in the highway and cars parked with hazard lights on.
When I got to the light, there was a man in the middle of the road directing traffic. I rolled down my window to see if there was anything I could do. The man informed me that the paramedics were on their way. I asked him how long and he said that he called them as soon as he witnessed the accident which was about 2 minutes previous to me arriving. I rolled my window up and moved on to work.
I tell you this story as 2 minutes was the time frame that it had taken me to go back inside and get my wallet that I had forgotten. If I had remembered my wallet, chances are I could have been right there as the accident had happened or worse, been involved in the accident. What if I had not gone back in and got my wallet? Would that have been a tragic change in my life or my families?
Every person is given an expiration date. Nobody knows when theirs is, but it is our job to live our lives to the fullest each moment we are given as each of them are blessings. The same goes for in the classrooms. We are only given so much time with our students. Each moment is a blessing and we must utilize each of those moments to impact the future.
As 2018 comes to a close I would encourage you to look for ways to do something impactful on the future, and that starts with what you do today.
Time left for 2018
What will you do with the remainder of this time?