America's school system doesn't seem like an obvious source of inspiration these days. But recently students in a Massachusetts middle school surprised their retiring principal with a memorable going-away present and the story is inspiring all who hear about it.
Somehow they got him to go up on the school roof and then treated him to a flash mob that included a sizable crowd of students, parents and staff dancing to the song, "Don't Stop Believin'."
This story brings to mind the film Mr. Holland's Opus where graduates honored their retiring music teacher by returning to surprise perform his own composition for him.
Students honoring their teachers is an ancient tradition, one that is often lost in the velocity of modern life. All of us have had teachers and perhaps still do. Do we proactively appreciate them? Any of us who offer our services as teachers in some capacity know how good that feels. Wisdom offered and received creates lasting wealth.
What teacher in our lives, past or present, can we personally flash mob with our appreciation today? It could be as simple as sending an email or picking up the phone. Simpler yet, a focused thought of sustained gratitude directed towards them in a quiet moment of meditation can provide a secret gift of energetic nourishment.