Bird Droppings February 13, 2014
Try not to be a waste of time and read some Emerson
“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of the most precious things we have is time. As our lives go by we tend to waste more and more of it. Sitting here with my trusty calculator I have used up a bit over five hundred forty three thousand one hundred and twenty hours of living. So when we waste time and it may be it in anger or taking naps, or gossiping. We all have our ways of using bits and pieces that can never be replaced. I recall many nights ago a call from my son who was at that time at Georgia Tech while picking up my youngest son. His call was something about a new venture of his, trying to get on a committee to select the new athletic director for Georgia Tech. He was asking what I thought. I told him go for it, it was an opportunity you will never have again. In is in the moments we lose that we have regrets.
As I look back on my own life to each tiny piece each facet of who I am other choices could have been made, other roads traveled but in the end they all lead to where I am now. Could I have changed anything along the way? Maybe here and there a different road a different path way maybe I could have had another minute or two with my grandmother before she passed away or with my younger brother.
“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I try my best to encourage students and my own children when new things present themselves try it and see. Look for a new pathway or a new road. Rarely do I go anywhere where I do not see and talk with someone who has a piece from my past. Today I received a message from a former camper at my former day camp in the back yard in PA. Camp Ringtail who is now in Florida. Yesterday I went to the grocery store and ran into an old friend I had not seen in several years, another former youth group member’s mother, a current student and all from being where I was at that moment. Perhaps I was listening to the whisper that leads me here and there at this precise moment. I question was I to run into these people? That is an interesting thought. Did what I say offer anything to them or their thoughts to mine as we talked.
“Our best thoughts come from others.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I worked a bit on some of my studies last night thinking over ideas and such looking back at conversations over the past few days and people I had run into and chatted with. I pondered what bits and pieces did each conversation hold.
“The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
It has been some time since I read a passage that addressed how we could be the piece for another’s day that we do not even know a word we spoke, an idea we shared to provide the thought, or the catalyst for that person to move on in a different direction or to add energy to their endeavor.
“The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
As I read this line so many times before sitting here now this morning reading through Emerson’s writings we do literally take away in our advances. I used the point of comprehension how we literally take away the need as we develop new machines and computers. We take away thinking from many yet for some it is a miracle. It is in knowing which ideas to embrace and which to be more careful of.
“The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
It has been a few years since my nephew had his hedgehog. It was a cute little ball of spikes. When scared it would roll literally into a ball of spikes, that is the hedgehogs defense against predators. It is a simple trick but one that has provided for many millennium safety.
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I find myself often drawn to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s works. Perhaps kindred spirits he andI.This statement has always been some of my favorites. As I look back on my own life have I helped anyone breathe a moment easier?
“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour?” Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are the factor. We determine value. I recall going with my sons to see a movie on a past week end. It so happened to be about immortals. As I read Emerson’s thought albeit immortality, why waste a moment anytime.
“What you do speak so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Far too many people toot their own horns not allowing the sounds to even be heard before raising the volume.
“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
There have been lately a few days when stars were not visible with the clouds, ice sleet and snow. But I n reality the stars are there all day long just over shadowed by the sun during the day. Perhaps it is a reminder of daylight coming perhaps guides for the night.
“When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is funny I had a student who did not read yet when Bird Droppings does not go out or is late he reminds me it is not showing on his facebook or email even recently I will get a sometimes cryptic email, bird what gives you are late. I have always found that interesting especially days when he would come in and tell me it was a good one today. I tested him several times in reading, I was always amazed. He could read within the words. Please keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your heart and always give thanks.
My family and friends I do not say this lightly,
(We are all related)