Saturday, June 20, 2009

"Wisdom begins with wonder."
_Socrates

"Celebrate what you want to see more of."
_Tom Peters

These are quotes from "Life if a Verb."

And I really wanted to share this page of the book....

"One afternoon a few weeks after Emma started first grade,
I picked her up from school and drove to my husband's bookshop
to say hi. When we pulled up, John ran out to see us, leaning in the
car window to give her a kiss. "How was school today, buddy?" he asked.

"I had my first test today!" she exclaimed brightly.
(How wonderful, I thought. A whole lifetime of testing has opened up for you!)

What was our first question to her?

"How'd you do?" (Yes, let's get straight to the bottom line.)

"I got 30 percent! she proudly shouted, a huge grin on her pixie face.
The body language between me and John was unmistakable. Oh my Lord,
we were both thinking, she's an idiot. She'll never pass first grade,
we'll have to hire tutors her whole life, she won't get into college....

My first impulse was to say, You must feel terrible, but by some miracle
I stopped myself. Instead I asked, "How did that make you feel?"

"I got some right!" she burst out without hesitation,
so proud of her accomplishment.

WOW. What a fantastic way of looking at the world.

I'm not suggesting we aim for 30 percent, but why don't we stop to celebrate
the successes we do have?


Thank you Patti Digh
for sharing this story!
It sure gives us LOTS
to think about!

Here's a collage of flowers
I have blooming right now!

Enjoy your weekend!

7 comments:

Janet O'Connor said...

Thank you for the beautiful flowers. I know in New England we can look forward to some of this in a few weeks.
I love the quote from your book. I'm always an optimist and I certainly can relate to 30 percent. Lately, that's about where my efforts land. At least some of it's right ;-)
Janet

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Yes, we should dwell on what we do right instead of what we do wrong! Have a nice weekend! Twyla

The Painted Garden said...

Oh - your flowers are beautiful. What a lovely flower collage to go with the lovely story. It really makes one realize how important it is to take time to celebrate our little successes and joys every day.
Have a lovely week,
Blessings
Erin

Boo-Bah said...

Beautiful flowers, and a lovely quote.

Iris

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful story....your flowers are so pretty! I went to the antique fair downtown Hendersonville today. It was hot, but fun!
Penny

Julie said...

Way to go Emma!!! I wish we all could look at things from a childs perpective. Being happy with what we have and not looking at we don't. She is precious!!!

Thank you so much for signing up on my blogger give away!!! The flowers are not lavender, and I am not sure what there are called. I will find out and let you know.
You have a most wonderful day!!! and I hope Emma has a most wonderful summer vacation!!!
Julie

Janet said...

Great story! We should all learn to celebrate our victories no matter how small they are.