Bird Droppings January 30, 2012
“Ten percent of your life is made up of what happens to you and ninety percent is made up of how you react. Therefore we have no control over 10% of what happens to us. We do however have control over the other ninety percent and that is up to us as to how that turns out.” Steven Covey 90/10 Principle
I am in the process of getting a ipad2 at school and that brought back some memories of a few years back when as I started setting up my new at that time computer and one of my tasks was getting several years of writing, notes, books and started books, papers, poetry and misc. other information to my new computer. It was not only that but twenty years of printing contacts, names, addresses and data. As I played around and did virus checks etc. my old computer locked up and needed a boot disc. This was not a very happy start to a new computer. At that point I was constrained to possibility that all my fifty gigs of data was gone. Funny thing is now my offline drive is a terabyte and over half filled. I called and spoke with the tech guy at the board office and he told me the procedures to follow. I tried and all I got was A:/ could not recognize C drive.
For four or five weeks I assumed the worse and really had little time to mess with it with since I was attending and teaching summer school and night school. Then one night I sat down and check the connections and all cables internal and external and tried to reboot again A:/ was all it would recognize. In the midst of crisis I had an epiphany when I got this computer and transferred from a PC it had a removable hard drive which when I first got it acted up and all it was the drive had to be pushed into the docking station tightly. I opened the computer and pulled out the drive checking for wires loose and pushed back in amazing the C drive worked.
So often we look for difficult solutions to simple problems we do not look for something as simple as the drive connection was loose but rather for a crashed hard drive.
“Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Had we systematically eliminated problems rather than assume the worse I may have had access to papers and notes I had started although as a result I did more research on several topics and recreated several rubrics better than ones on the old hard disc. As I have said things always work out it is our perception that needs to change and develop.
“When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.” Chinese Proverb
As I sit this morning this line really sounded good and a thought from lunch the other day would it not be great to see ten years from now as to how our children will turn out or students or their families. That would truly give emphasis to how we teach. I wonder if there is any way to know if that crazy idea works or not. Maybe keep tabs on kids track them so to say after they leave high school. As I wonder and ponder this afternoon keep all in harm’s way in your heart and on your mind and always give thanks. One last thought peace is an elusive word it seems.