192. Cherish the Day

I know what you're thinking. You've read the title of this post and went, "Cherish the Day? What does a Sade song have to do with anything?" And, if you just dared to utter, "Who's Sade?" I cry foul. Shame! Dishonor on your whole family! Dishonor on you! Dishonor on your cow...

If you don't know what this is from, I'm not sure if we could hang.

If you don't know what this is from, I'm not sure if we could hang.

At any rate, I'm not about to discuss a Sade song -- only its title. This week, I was able to see my 4th grade students "graduate" from elementary school. Many of the students had been at the school since they started pre-k six years ago, and the elementary school is the only they've known for the most of their childhood lives. Now, it's time for them to move on to intermediate school and face a new set of experiences.

Many of the students were upset, lots of tears and hugs. And, there were even many of them who expressed how they didn't want to go, threatening to enroll themselves in summer school just so they could stay behind. 

Seeing all the kids -- and some parents -- breaking down in tears made me think about how sometimes we don't just slow down sometimes and cherish the moments around us. I used to tell the kids that all the time. Cherish this moment. You don't have it forever. Enjoy it. Don't rush. Because before you know it, you're not graduating elementary school, it's high school. Then college. Then you're on your own. The real world. 

Today, I urge you to stop what you're doing and enjoy the moment. Yes, I know you're on your grind. You're out making a living and changing the world one day at a time. But, don't let it stop you from cherishing the day. Each one is precious. Appreciate it.