04 Apr Slice of Life: Connections … #SOL17
We are walking on the beach, taking a break from writing. Our conversation weaves between work, life, writing, and random thoughts. A stream of shared consciousness that is both intense and relaxing. We take a moment to sit and absorb the day’s last rays of sunshine. We are lulled by the sounds of the waves. Eyes close and faces turn toward the setting sun.
Look, Tammy points.
I open my eyes and see it.
Serendipity. Thank you AKR
Amy’s book, Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, is a collection of her observations and reflections on the many ways we are all connected in this life. We have been reading (and rereading) this book in the recent weeks. Her thoughts on connection – all of us being connected – makes you wonder. Do these types of connections always happen and we just miss them? Her book, her life work really, is about connecting with life and those around you in your life.
On any other day before we read this book, we would have enjoyed the sunset and the rainbow. It would have been beautiful. It would have slowed us down. It might not, however, have made us feel connected to the world around us. Amy reflects on the “unsuspecting ripple-effect influence we have on one another” throughout this book – each of us impacting one another by our words, actions, and choices.
In a time when our world seems so disconnected, Amy has left us all with a gift – an invitation to slow down and notice the ways we are all connected. She used a rainbow – a symbol of hope, peace and diversity – to connect us. Look at the map of all the other people who saw a rainbow on the same day. We experienced the same beautiful moment as all of those people. Connecting with others around us, who also chose to slow down, snap a picture and connect. It is a small, powerful idea – one that shows the potential of starting small and creating an unsuspecting ripple-effect on others.
What small things can we do? How can we help our students see the power of the small things they do? How can we help our students connect to the world around them? How can we create schools where we teach our students to notice connections rather than divisions?
This rainbow caused us to act, to think, to write, to share…the beginning of a ripple effect. If you don’t know Amy’s work, we share about it in this post.
Clare and Tammy