Life is made of moments.
Interestingly, we had a wonderful Docent at the Modern Art Museum on Friday, and following her beautiful presentation, our students, as they are accustomed and inclined to do, shook her hand and thanked her. During this time she commented, “Well, this is a first!”
And I privately thought – it appears that others she took the time to teach about the beautiful exhibits did not express their appreciation. And, I also thought about how proud I was of our children. Yes, it was a little thing to take a moment to say, “Thank you”, but it communicates something much larger – that the little things truly matter.
I am always proud of our students. Allow me to give you a good example of why I continue to be proud of them. Recently one of our children, Alden, noticed a member of our armed services standing nearby. He walked over to the man, extended his hand to shake his, and then he thanked him for his service to our country.
A little thing? No. It was a singular, significant moment in the lives of both individuals, which continues to blossom into beautiful reflections that can be treasured in the memories of many. Alden’s parents, Jesse and Laura, can share in the pride I feel. It is obvious that his thoughtful deeds have been derived from parents who take the time to convey the message that little acts of appreciation are so very important. (By the way, Alden has my vote for Governor one day).
These behaviors convey a much deeper message and meaning than we are aware of. They communicate our love for one another. They say, “I care”. And this message is more important today than ever. The love we have for others must be expressed, if we are to live a life fulfilled and if we are to survive.
Todd Smith, an entrepreneur and motivational speaker for the last 30 years, reveals that it is indeed the little things that can influence every part of our lives and make all the difference (littlethingsmatter.com).
Another insight he provides relates to one of life’s simple but powerful truths: that is when you focus on others rather than on yourself, you make a positive difference in two lives—yours and the person with whom you interact.
I highly recommend Todd’s new book: “Little Things Matter – 100 ways to improve your life today”.
Dec. 5-6 Texas Assn. for Gifted & Talented Conference
Dec. 13 Museum of Americas (in Weatherford)
Dec. 20 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 7 Winter Break Holidays (better known as Christmas Holidays)
Jan. 24 Fort Worth Stock Show (It was called the FAT stock show. But, Dr. A lost a few pounds.)