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Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Star Thrower

I haven't blogged for a long time. Five months -that long! Reason? After 9 years, I moved to a new work place. The bomb? After 21 long years, I moved from teaching Kindergarten to teach second  grade. Sounds easy huh, but it's not. The way education works now is so much different from the way it use to when I started 20-something years ago. So, yes, it is whats keeping me busy these days.

I like the move. Starting with a clean slate (translation: clean classroom, empty closet -hahaha. Free from accumulated junk!) Fresh ideas, new friends and lots of challenges. Busy, yes, as it always is when something is new. But things are getting better and am learning a lot.

Time is speeding by so fast. Our school has just completed the first of our four-grading periods and I realized I haven't even written a thing about this new chapter in my career/ life (these two are inseparable!)

Before school officially opened, our principal gave us a dainty starfish key chain accompanied by a colorful hand out about the inspirational story of the Star Thrower. I just thought I'd log it here to mark this beautiful beginning  at this new school.

Here is the starfish that our principal gave us. I took out the key chain ring and made a pendant out of the starfish. I wear my starfish necklace every day to remind myself that each day is a new opportunity to make a difference

adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley 1907 - 1977

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die." 

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."

There is something very special in each and every one of us. We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference. And if we can become aware of that gift, we gain through the strength of our visions the power to shape the future.

We must each find our starfish. And if we throw our stars wisely and well, the world will be blessed.


Whitemist said...

20 years of teaching! That is incredible! The starfish story is wonderful as well! Best of luck(?) teaching a new level - the most memorable teacher i had was in first grade - the least in 3rd you will make a difference!

Self Sagacity said...

Congrats on such wonderful accomplishment. It is great to know that you enjoy teaching so much.

Ruthinian Gregoire said...

yeah it's been awhile. i kept coming back to check out on you so this is what keeps you busy. congratulations and good luck on your new chapter. may you be a great star thrower. miss you sis.

betchai said...

so miss you Tes, so glad to see you back here, and so glad to be reading again your posts, yey, am so glad you shared the star fish story, love it, i am sure you are making a beautiful difference in not only one, love ya!!

RNSANE said...

What a wonderful story, Tes, and it is so true. We can make an amazing difference in the lives of those we encounter. I felt this in my 45 years of nursing, especially in the last 21 years in forensics dealing with cases of rape and child sexual abuse. Our interventions in the chaos and aftermath of those events were often forgotten but, at the time, I think we helped individuals and families survive incredible trauma.

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