Before I come to school, I try to have at least 15 minutes of morning meditation. This morning’s meditation that follows had me focused for most of the morning. What is it that I want to say about my life when I’m 85? A great exercise…one that I gave my first period English students.
Today’s Question of the Day: From, A Year of Living Consciously
Imagine, you are 85 years old. A visitor drops by to see you. Your visitor asks you, “Was your life a complete success?”
Without hesitation, you answer yes! Your visitor asks, “What did you experience or accomplish that made your life a success?”
Again, without hesitation, you name off the things you did or experienced that made your life a journey of complete fulfillment. What are they?
Here, in all their faith and hope, are my students’(partial) responses:
I built my own Honda and became one of the fastest racers around.
Seeing my brothers and sisters with their successes.
I traveled around the world, and I had my own museum with the things I received across the world.
My children went to college and got their major.
My wife, kids and God were the first things to be happy.
I was able to buy my house and a ranch and had laying chickens that was a big source of income to keep my kids warm and living a good life.
I got to love and care for someone to the point which I would give my own life for them.
I was a retired policeman, and I went to all my kids’ wedding parties.
I had a great life living in a mansion when I was young and had tons of women.
Give my kids what I couldn’t have.
I was the owner of my own company and had many people working for me.
I never went to jail or prison.
I doubt very seriously that the teens in a continuation High School are that much different from a traditional one. It seems that we all want a good life. In fact, dreams can and DO come true.
If I didn’t believe that, I’d have a hard time coming to work every day.