What is essential is invisible to the eye.
~ Fred Rogers quoted this line from the “Little Prince” in 2001 Middlebury College commencement address.
It’s our day #2 of Earth Week celebrations. As we do every Tuesday morning at 8:30 AM, we gathered for chapel*. Sometimes Middle School and early gatherings just don’t mix; this morning was just one of those. It just takes one person, though, to bring us to think and begin our day together. Mr. Bireley welcomed the students and asked the student body what they see on a small desk on the stage (a glass like this picture). Some said, “a glass half-full!”; some said, “Half-empty!”. “It’s interesting,” Mr. Bireley said, “That no one said, half-full with water and other half full with air”. He proceeded to talk about the importance of invisible traits: Helpfulness, Caring, Kindness, Courtesy and Character. It was really cool to hear him talk about practical ways to show our invisibility through being helpful, caring, kind, courteous people who show character. He said he chose to sing Michael Jackson’s Heal the World for morning song because as we celebrate Earth Week, it’s not just about reducing, reusing and recycling that makes our world a better place. As the chorus of the song goes:
Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me and the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for
You and for me.
Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull Volano and Haiti earthquake (and other subsequent quakes) come to mind today.
*chapel is same as school assembly. We are non-sectarian school, but still has Christian traditions.