19 May 2012

Time is an Opportunity

When the day arrives that you are now calling "tomorrow", you will call that day "today" and a different day will be called "tomorrow"therefore, you should not resolve to do something tomorrow, since that day will never arrive nor for that matter, next week, next month, next year. I recently read an article about a new telescope being installed in Chile. The Alma, a super-sensitive radio telescope 5,000m above sea level, will detect a new unknown galaxy every three minutes. EVERY THREE MINUTES ! The world is moving ahead at an incredible speed. Change and development are constant factors. Just as astronomers will discover new galaxies, so schools could discover new textbooks when updating their book lists once a year. This is their annual opportunity to effect positive changes in the school syllabus through the books they use.
 Do the textbooks derive from a good curriculum? Do the textbooks contain modern learning ideas? Do they develop pupils' skills? Do they encourage active learning? Is there a teacher resources book to  support the teacher? Does it contain modern teaching methodologies? This is the time in the year for schools to reflect on these matters, on how to improve the learning experience of the teachers. This is the opportunity to investigate different books which will enhance children's future prospects.

When new galaxies are going  to be discovered every three minutes we have to be discovered  every three minutes we have to recognize the speed at which the world is moving and we must take this opportunity. As they say, "time and tide wait for no one". This is very simple, clear self-explanatory proverb. Time and tide symbolize valuable opportunity. The essence is that opportunities do not wait for anyone.
Like other agents of nature, time and tide have no regard for any individual. man cannot change their course. Before steamship, there were ships with sails. Their launching was a difficult affair, which depended on tide. The sailors had to wait for weeks and sometimes for months for a suitable tide.When that tide came, they sailed with it. If they missed the chance,they had to wait again.
A tide never waits. It is for the sailors to wait and take advantage when it comes. If they fail they suffer the consequences.This proverb is a lesson to all of us. It emphasizes the desirability of our preparedness to make the best use of an opportunity that presents it self to us. Carelessness on our part may result in missing a great opportunity resulting in colossal loss. It also implies that opportunities are rare. They come of their own, in this case, only once a year with the book list. What is the result if this annual opportunity is lost? Is it the children and future generations who will suffer the consequences?
Time is running fast. Yesterday will never come again. Even this moment when you are reading these lines will never come again. Time is a opportunity. If time will not come again, it means the opportunity will not come again. 
It does not matter to nature if we fail to make use of an opportunity offered by it. For this reason wise men are always prepared to act with full vigor when the time comes. they never postpone things. 
Now, when updating their book lists, is the opportunity for all schools to look ahead, to consider which new goals they want to achieve over the next year and to grasp the nettle of the future. Many times we look to tomorrow for things that we can do today. But what if tomorrow never comes? what will you do today?