Thought for the Day

“Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to.”

Greg Anderson

RSS for educators – Book Review


“RSS for Educators: Blogs, Newsfeeds, Podcasts, and Wikis in the Classroom” by John Hendron explains how educators working with grades PreK-12 can use a news aggregator to harness the power of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) for a variety of purposes including classroom projects, professional development, and keeping students and parents informed.

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Rocks Grow On Trees?

Every week or so I buy a fresh bouquet of flowers for my wife. Ahhhhh. What a great guy! Well I don’t smoke or have any particular habits that I need to waste money on so I decided I would put my money to good use by bringing something of beauty to the one who brings beauty into my world.

Just yesterday I stopped by the florist down the street from us and for the very first time discovered the rock tree. No the tree does not grow rocks. Although jokingly I told the florist I never knew until now where rocks came from. I thought maybe “Boulder” Colorado.

You see, the approximately six foot tall tree had rocks hanging by string on four branches. Each placed at four points as if to create balance. In fact the woman told me that is exactly what it does, creates balance. They read about it in an oriental horticulture book. The tree planted there before died. They couldn’t get one to root there. The book said that by balancing the tree and weighting it down, the tree would have a better chance of survival.

In recent months I have discovered articles and references to that same principle as it applies to our lives. Often times the reason why we fail at achieving our goals and dreams is that our lives are not balance properly. It’s obvious when you consider the person who works too much. Everything else including marriage and family life suffers.

Balance and success come about by giving the right value or importance to all aspects of our lives. Work extra when necessary and play harder during those times when the pressures of life begin to build. Learn to say no to things that will disrupt the priorities you have set. But as in goal setting write your plans in pencil. Adjust as life changes.

In my mind the four corners of a balanced, successful life are as follows: Spiritual, family, personal and professional. They are in fact in order of importance.

Just like the tree, when we learn to balance our lives our roots grow stronger. We open ourselves to the nourishment that a balanced life provides and the fruits of our efforts are abundant in all four areas. Strong roots help us to stand tall against the most destructive storms.

© Bob Perks 2001

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The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate “apparently ordinary” people to unusual effort.
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