It is the small pieces that seriously matter

Bird Droppings December 11, 2018

It is the small pieces that seriously matter


Today just a short thought I am working on a vocabulary list for a biology benchmark test.


“Until you can clearly see each piece of the puzzle you will never be able to understand the whole.” Frank Bird, grandfather, teacher and ponderer


I am sitting here on my computer writing while many of my friends are either as I am going to school two hours late or not at all due to winter weather advisories. Between Georgia is a long way from my birth place and even where I spent most of my youth in Pennsylvania. I have traveled many pathways, spiritually, educationally, emotionally and physically as I journeyed. It has been many years since a vision of a jig saw puzzle woke me from my sleep. Over the years I have used that image of puzzle pieces and a whole puzzle in explaining life and its intricacies. My son added to my collection of ideas along the way nearly seventeen years ago with a line from an Aerosmith song.


“Life is about the journey not the destination.” Steven Tyler and Aerosmith


I peeked outside earlier and weather not to bad but cold. More than likely no sunrise today. Just cold, fog and dreariness I am getting tired of this it is a bit much. So actually looking to past years for a sunrise image today.


As I drove about yesterday coming home from school several ideas kept hitting me in the head.  Literally every day I hear from a person and that could be a former student, a total stranger who read something I have written, a friend I have not seen in fifty years, maybe a member of a group I am in on Facebook, a cohort member from graduate school offering a thank you for a thought I shared or idea given. It is not about major successes but the small ones, one at a time, the pieces that often float by unnoticed. I shared a little book with a friend who is retiring today. The Sacred Tree, written by a group of indigenous educators who wanted to help native youth regain the spiritual essence of their culture.


I find as I listed my somewhat ambiguous titles with the quote above grandfather first and at first that seemed just the right thing to do. As I sat back and pondered as I tend to do often it became the not only right thing but job one. It is we elders who provide wisdom and understanding even if in small ways to those who come after. In todays hectic and helter-skelter world moments get lost just like pieces to the puzzle.


So today as I do every day please keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your hearts and all give thanks namaste.


My family and friends I do not say this lightly,

Mitakuye Oyasin

(We are all related)

Frank Bird, grandfather, teacher and ponderer


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