The Importance of Each Day:
Yesterday afternoon, I had a guest speaker for one of my graduate classes. Mr. Bob Gillette spoke to the class about experiential learning. During his forty year career in public education, Bob taught and directed an experiential learning program in Connecticut. He took students on week-long hikes up the Adirondack Mountains, canoe trips down the Connecticut River, winter camping trips, bicycle trips across the state, and a variety of other experiences. At the end of each of these experiences, the students gathered and collectively read a poem. As I listened to Bob recite this poem to my group of students, I found it uplifting and invigorating. May the poem remind you of the power and opportunity you have every day to make a difference in the lives of so many.
Look to This Day
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the realities
And truths of existence:
The joy of growth,
The splendor of action,
The glory of power.
For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived
Makes every yesterday a memory of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
Adapted from an ancient Sanskrit poem (Kalida)