Sunday, August 10, 2008

In our daily lives have you ever stop and ask yourself what you plan for your future? Will you be working all your life here or you will go overseas or as what? Not so many of us are lucky to be given a chance and fulfil their desires to make a difference, not only for their lives but as well as to others. I once read a book about a teacher who was asked if how long had she been teaching and she answered with a lifeless tone “20 years”. Maybe she was thinking of how financially unrewarding the profession that she has. The sigh reflected a heavy heart. The man who asked her congratulated her right away and told her that not all have a chance to build lives of so many people. Her face glowed because of the appreciation that she received from the man. She responded with a little sparkle in her eyes that the only joy that they have is when students go back and visit them and tell them the appreciation on how they have touched their lives but it saddens them if they are forgotten.

I can’t blame her for feeling weary. Even so, she continues to teach young people and touch their lives with the best of their knowledge. They are the unsung heroes, unappreciated champions nor unrewarded winners. They should know that the successful people are their trophies and improved lives are their medals. You cannot simply put a price tag on that kind of work.

What about you? We hear common things from people like, I’m building a career, I’m building a life on my own, I’m building a house or a family but, do you really k now your purpose or what you are working so hard for? We tend to forget that we are essentially building something every day of our lives.

We don’t have to be a teacher to build or touch lives. It is just a matter of opportunity to do it. Daniel Webster offers this excellent advice: “If we work on marble, it will perish. If we work on brass, time will efface it. If we rear temples, they will crumble to dust. But if we work on men’s immortal minds, if we imbue them with high principles, with just fear of God and love of their fellow men, we engrave on those tablets something which time cannot efface, and which will brighten and brighten to all eternity.”

We should always remember that we are in the position in building something and affecting lives of others. We can teach people timeless principles designed to help them achieve success, like hard work and integrity. When people learn things like these from both our lips as well as our lives, the effect is lasting. As they say, if you want to have something that will last a day, plant flowers. If you want something that will last for years, plant trees but, if you want to want something that will last forever, plant ideas.


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