[Usually, when i get emails from my Grandma they're just silly ones. but this one really made me think.]
A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven Wonders of the World." Though there were some disagreements, the following 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 noted 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 because 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: To see, to hear, to touch, to taste, to feel, to laugh, to love."
The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous! A gentle reminder - that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.
How true is this?! How often have we overlooked something so simple as the heat of the sun, or the touch of a friends hand, or the color of the grass, and instead become overwhelmed the height of a tower, or the enormity of a bridge, or the cost of gasoline? When was the last time you ["you" is hypothetical; I'm writing this for myself..] bundled up for a walk in the chilly evening air with a friend instead of becoming brainwashed by the garbage they show on television? Even while visiting a natural wonder, like Waterton, I become more concerned that my cell phone has bad service than with the fact that there is trash littering the streets.
New goal : To enjoy the natural beauty of the world around me more fully.