Take Notice (4/28/14)

I had a very special teacher in high school many years 

ago whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack. 
About a week after his death, she shared some of her 
insight with a classroom of students. As the late
afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom
windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things
aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there. 
 
With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused 
and said, 'Class is over, I would like to share with all of 
you, a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel 
is very important. Each of us is put here on earth to learn, 
share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of 
us knows when this fantastic experience will end. 
It can be taken away at any moment. 
 
Perhaps this is the power's way of telling us that we 
must make the most out of every single day. Her eyes, 
beginning to water, she went on, 'So I would like you all 
to make me a promise. From now on, on your way to school,
or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice. 
 
It doesn't have to be something you see, it could be a 
scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of 
someone's house, or it could be the sound of the 
breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the 
way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it 
falls gently to the ground. Please look for these things, 
and cherish them. For, although it may sound trite to 
some, these things are the "stuff" of life. 
The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy. 
The things we often take for granted. 
 
The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our 
books and filed out of the room silently. That afternoon, 
I noticed more things on my way home from school than 
I had that whole semester. Every once in a while, I think 
of that teacher and remember what an impression she 
made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those 
things that sometimes we all overlook. 
 
Take notice of something special you see on your lunch 
hour today. Go barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset. 
Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double dip ice 
cream cone. For as we get older, it is not the things we 
did that we often regret, but the things we didn't do.