A class was asked to name the Seven Wonders of the World. Each student compiled a list and shared it with the class. Excitement reigned as students yelled out, ‘the Great Pyramids!’, ‘the Grand Canyon!’, ‘Taj Mahal!’, ‘Empire State Building!’, and on and on. The teacher cheered each response, ‘Great answer! Well done!’
Yet, there was one student who remained silent. The teacher questioned her, ‘What about your list?’ The girl answered, ‘I am not sure I understand the assignment.’ ‘What don’t your understand?,’ inquired the teacher. The girl reluctantly said, ‘None of my answers are right.’ ‘Let’s see,’ the teacher answered. ‘Why don’t you share your list with the rest of us so we can help you.’ So the girl did.
‘Okay, I think the Seven Wonders of the World are…to see, to hear, to touch, to smell, to feel, to belong and to love.’
The classroom got so quiet you could hear a pin drop.
Funny, how the simplest and most ordinary things are the ones taken for granted. But in this ever growing world of technology, we need to stop, turn off devices, and make sure the Seven Wonders of the World, as seen through the girl’s eyes above, do not become demolished or extinct. For what a tragedy that would surely be.
(I encountered this story while reading ‘The Power of Pause: Becoming More by Doing Less’ by Terry Hershey)