Wishing everyone a great holiday season with loved ones.
I'll be spending a beautiful warm Xmas this year in my new adopted home Guatemala. It's been a long time since I had a warm Christmas but brings back memories of my last one.
I had the luck to spend a lot of time in Corsica, France while teaching in Europe and Canada. Months every year, with books, with sun, with friends and conversation. One Christmas there was very special.
I'd arrived from Canada and had gifts for everyone. Got up all excited and we exchanged gifts. However, only the children got gifts, not the adults. I felt like an idiot, having bought gifts for the adults too. Further, it was the first Christmas morning I hadn't got even ONE gift. Later that day, I went out to my "office" - a pagoda that sat high on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Ajaccio. I wrote this poem.
It remains special to me. As a teacher - it tells me to enjoy the moment of teaching. Just "being there", like Peter Sellers in that amazing film of the same name.
ON BEING PRESENT
Everyday I say thank you for
the new morning.
But should the morning
not be given,
Ah! how I'd wake up
and embrace the newer night!
It's like the first Christmas
you finally don't
Ah! How then
the bells ring in
If you enjoyed this - you might enjoy Stories to Inspire and Teach on EFL Classroom 2.0 or this post - The Dimensions of the Present
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