Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Teachers Everywhere

"It does not require many words to speak the truth."

"We were contented to let things remain as the Great Spirit made them."
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"This we know. . .

the earth does not belong to man,

man belongs to the earth.

All things are connected, like blood which connects one family.

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.

Man did not weave the web of life--

he is merely a strand in it.

Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."

~~~Chief Seattle 1854

I recall the story of an eight-year-old child whose IQ tested in the genius category.

Unfortunately, the child was told she was different from others in her class and she presumed it meant better. The child danced about with self-important pride. When her mother caught wind of the child's arrogance, the mother carefully chastised her.

"But mother, I am brighter than most people in this country!"

The mother quickly knelt to her child's level and explained, "Every person on earth is blessed with a secret wisdom; each knows something about how to live, about how to be happy."

Much later in life, after the child had grown into a woman, she dreamed that she stood at a threshold where many people were passing through her door. She didn't know where they came from or where they were going, but that didn't seem to matter. Each time someone passed by her, she was handed a gift. Each gift was unique. Each was given along with these words, "Here is something for you to keep and treasure. It is only mine to give." The meaning of the dream was clear.

Some people pass through our doorways on their way to the rest of their lives. We may never see or hear from them again. Yet each has left something behind.

We are part of everyone we touch, they a part of us.

All men are our teachers.

1 comment:

TravelinOma said...

I was just sitting here trying to think of a way to say exactly what you've said here. This is a perfect story.