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After weeks of counting down, this is the final day before the start of the two week Spring Break, in our school.

Students, staff, and parents will be watching the minute hand tick around the clock, in anticipation of two weeks of rest, travel, socializing, adventures and (in many cases) house cleaning.

Not only is today the beginning of a break from the everyday, but it is also the end of the winter months of school. When we go back to work and school, we will be returning to school in spring (and that leads to summer).

There is so much to look forward to!

I love looking ahead, having a plan for the days to come, having a dream for the future. This gives me a direction to work towards, a goal to work for.

Recently, I have been convicted that, although looking ahead is okay, I cannot forget what is right in front of me.

I should not risk missing out on the life that is today, that is now.

There is a classic story which comes to mind whenever I am convicted to live in the present.

I remember reading to our kids a story called “The Magic Thread”  from the William J. Bennett book called “The Book of Virtues”. In this story a young, impatient boy, named Peter, is given a ball of thread, and told that if he chooses, he can pull the string, and advance through the boring, the unpleasant, the sad times in life. He is also told that once he has pulled the string and advanced in time, he cannot go back. He eagerly and liberally pulls the string, moving through his life at record speed. It is not until he is old that he realizes how quickly his life has passed.

“Your magic ball is a wonderful thing.
I have never had to suffer
or wait for anything in my life.
And yet it has all passed so quickly.
I feel that I have had no time to take in what has happened to me,
neither the good things, nor the bad.
Now there is so little time left.”

The Golden Thread

I need to remember to fully live my life today, while planning (not living in) the future.


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