Today we are focussing on a Facebook post that was brought to our attention. Unfortunately, we have no idea who wrote it so we cannot give credit to the person who shared this wisdom – but we thank the writer.
Erring from our usual custom, our blog is not an educational article about eyes or eyesight but, bear in mind that if we didn’t have this precious gift, we would have been unable to read the post. So, as you read it, give thanks to your eyes – and we suggest you read our previous blogs for advice on how to take care of your vision.
With the new school year having been moved to 15 February 2021 and universities opening only in March – and who knows whether there will be any further disruptions – many parents are concerned about their children falling behind because of these interruptions in the educational programme. Yes, they may fall behind when it comes to formal education – but fall behind who?
Now, consider what if ….
- instead of ‘falling behind’, this group of learners and students advance because of this,
- they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they become more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing,
- they enjoy the simple things, such as their own gardens and sitting near a window in the quiet,
- they notice the birds, the seasons, the different flowers that emerge, and the calming renewal of a gentle shower of rain,
- these young people are the ones who learn to cook, organise their space, do their laundry, and keep a well-run home,
- they learn to ride a bike, play a board game, do simple crafts, learn to bake, climb a tree, play without a screen,
- they learn to understand the value of money, what’s important and to live with less,
- they learn to plan shopping trips and meals at home,
- they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good in sharing the small delights of every day,
- they learn to ‘be’ – be more resilient, be content,
- they are the ones to place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants and the previously invisible essential support workers such as truck drivers, grocers, health care workers and their supporting staff – just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in safe places
- among these children, a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler life to truly learn what really matters in this life
What if they are ahead?
And, what if they appreciated, and respected, the gifts that have been bestowed upon them – and recognised the value of health and hygiene?
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We offer a safe, welcoming environment, follow all the Covid-19 health protocols – and implore you to follow good eye-care practices.