How about these 7 Wonders? #BCSLearns

Some time ago, I came across this story from an unknown author having slightly different iterations across the Web. I find myself revisiting this story from time to time, particularly this time of year when gratitude tends to get clouded among all of us by commercialism and gift-giving. It tells the story where a teacher asks her students to list the Seven Wonders of the World.  Though there were some disagreements, the following “wonders” received the most votes:

  1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
  2. Taj Mahal
  3. Grand Canyon
  4. Panama Canal
  5. Empire State Building
  6. St. Peter’s Basilica
  7. China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noticed that one student had not finished her paper yet. So, she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.  The girl replied, “Yes, a little.  I couldn’t quite make up my mind; there were so many.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”

The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are:

  1. to see,
  2. to hear,
  3. to touch,
  4. to taste,
  5. to feel,
  6. to laugh, and
  7. to love.”

The room became so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. This child offered an important perspective.  The things we overlook as simple and ordinary, and that we most often take for granted, are truly extraordinary!  This is a great reminder that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought with money.  They are our senses!  They are, in fact, how we treat ourselves, each other and our environment – the 3 E’s of BCS: Each Other, our Environment, and our Education!  I hope you find some inspiration from this “story” as we enter the winter holiday season spending time with those people most important in our lives while embracing December and the incredible month of learning it will be.  BCS is a Great Place to Be!


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