THE VISION

 

BEING A TEACHER / OR RAPAPORT

I’m a teacher for 26 years in the ministry of education.
I chose to be a teacher because I saw it as a huge idealistic
mission.
I had a vision.
I’d like to tell you a story that changed my whole
perception 
of   life. About the power and the ability
we   all have: 
together, and each one of us.

STARFISH / By Loren Isley

(Loren Isley was a very special person, because he was a
scientist and a poet. From those two perspectives he wrote
about our world and our role in it.) Once upon a time there
was a wise man, who use to go to the ocean to do his writing.
He had a habit of walking along the beach before he began
his writing.
One day he was walking along the shore.
As he looked down the beach he saw a human
figure moving like a dancer.  He smiled to
himself to think of someone who would dance to the day.
He walked faster to catch up. As he got closer he called out,
“Good Morning.  What are you doing?”
The young man paused, looked up and replied,
“I’m throwing starfish into the ocean”.
I guess I should have asked,
why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?
“The sun is up and the tide is going out, and if
I don’t throw them in, they will die.”
“Young man don’t you know there are miles
and miles of beach and starfish all along them.
You can’t possibly make a difference.”
The young man listened politely, then bent
down, picked up another starfish and threw
it into the sea, passed the breaking waves.
“See”- he said- “made a difference to that one!”.
His response surprised the man.  He was upset.
He didn’t know how to respond.   So instead he turned away
to walk back to his cottage to begin his writing.
All day long the vision of the young man haunted him.
He tried to ignore it, but the vision persisted.
Finally, late in the afternoon he realized that he the scientist,
he the poet had missed the essential nature of
the young man’s actions. Because he realized
that what the young man was doing- was- choosing
not to be an observer in the universe
and watch it pass by, but was choosing to be
an actor in the universe and make a difference.

When the next morning came he awoke, knowing that he
had to do something.  So he got up, put on his clothes, and
went to the beach to find the young man.  With him, he spent
the rest of the morning throwing starfish into the ocean.

 

Latter on he wrote:

“Vision without Action is merely a dream.
Action without Vision is passing the time.
Vision with Action can change the world!”

You can make a difference too!

Back to my choice to be a teacher – while entering
the classroom, try to educate all those sweet, and
unrestrained children, (some of them  know almost
nothing about boundaries or taking “no” for an answer )
I picture the vision: It takes only one person to save other
person’s life, and it doesn’t matter that I can’t save
the whole world, I wish I’ll make a difference even
to one child only .

As written in the Mishna (Sanhedrin) :
Saves One Soul, Like Saved a Whole World”
Sometimes, when I watch people protest  –
fighting for their values, or hear about all the white collar’s
corruptions, the underworld –meaning- the world of crime
dictates the rules, sufferance,  poverty,   etc…  it  makes you
wonder:  why bother… I feel helpless, then I remind
myself that be a very loving teacher,
taking a good care of my 3 children, my family,
my parents, my 2 cats and 1 dog,
treating all people with respect and compassion –
all that must make a difference. So everyday,
I try to throw 
a starfish into the ocean,
praying that other people will do the same.

 

 

 

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