Today was one of the Emergency Critical Situation we had at school, only this time is caused by flood that happens in Jakarta and surrounding areas. Many of the students could not come to school and some who managed to come will have to go home early as well as some of my colleagues.
It’s been raining all day long for several days now, but that is not the worst. Tonight, it was confirmed the news said there will be the biggest flood coming down to Jakarta as Bogor floodgate will be opened as it cannot hold the water debit anymore (something like that).
A quite chaos and confusion at school…. Some teachers needed to go home other wise they couldn’t go home. As the result, I had to cover some classes.
Planning with watching a movie to make the day easier 😛 we had an interesting discussion with the 3 graders about flood instead. As they were asking why they were putting together, where are the teachers? Discussion went from flood to weather changes, went to atmosphere and what we have done that impacted the environment. It was became a nice discussion with big group. 🙂
Back to school issue with flood…. Tomorrow school is closed!
In my quiet room, I remember this poem I knew from one of my workshop -can’t remember which one- It really inspired me and always want to spread the spirit.
Here it is…….
STARFISH POEM (adapted from an essay The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley)
One day an old man was walking down the beach just before dawn. In the distance he saw a young man picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea. As the old man approached the young man, he asked, “Why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?” The young man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. The old man exclaimed, “But there must be thousands of starfish. How can your efforts make any difference?” The young man looked down at the starfish in his hand and as he threw it to safety in the sea, he said,” It makes a difference to this one!”
At times in our lives, we are all the old man, the young man, or the starfish. Sometimes, as the old man, we don’t see the purpose to actions. Sometimes, as the young man, we persevere and make a difference. And sometimes, we are the starfish who just need a little help.
No matter how small the good thing you do to make a better changing…. It matters. Don’t STOP! 🙂