Subtle Messages

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.”

— Neil Postman, The Disappearance of Childhood

I took it upon myself to change the reader board at my daughter’s school tonight.

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“Today is a good day to make a fresh start.”
As is every day.

When the kids come streaming back into class tomorrow, all will assuredly be dragging their feet. A few will be glad, and many will be sad that winter break is over.

But for a few, and I hope just a few, it will be a day of dread. Their grades might be bad, their home life might be hard, or they may be down on themselves.

So I posted a message on the reader board, just for this one day, with the hopes that at least one of those struggling kids reads it and might be subtly persuaded to give school another try, to at least try to start over.

I’ll never know if that message will be received, but it’s worth a shot.

Perhaps, just this one day, we can all send a subtle, positive message to someone who is struggling. Or, even an overt one.

Today’s gift of time … Changed the reader board at my daughter’s school. Hopefully, a subtle and positive message will get through.

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About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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