“As we journey through the pandemic, it will continue to be hard, but we will have small awesome things happen every day. The key is that we take the time to acknowledge them.”

I think it’s okay for us to admit that the pandemic is hard. It has been difficult for everyone and is dragging on for so long. One of the ways that I am journeying through it is to constantly remind myself of what we have here in Penang and appreciating it. Every day as I drive on to the campus I am grateful that we get to “go” to school not just “have” school. We are lucky that we can come together as a community to teach our children. Millions of students around that world do not currently have that opportunity.

This week in the class that I teach, we are talking about being grateful and we discussed a book called “The Book of Awesome”. Author Neil Pasricha was struggling through a very difficult time in his life a number of years ago and decided that he needed to focus on the small positives around him. To do this he simply started a personal blog called 1000 Awesome Things which focused on the small pleasures in life that we often overlook and rarely take the time to acknowledge. It became so popular that it won the award for Blog of the Year and then became a book that was on the international bestseller list for 38 weeks and was the #1 non-fiction book in 2010. In the book and on his blog he reminds us how awesome life is through many small things we often take for granted, things such as…

  • fixing something electronic by smacking it
  • having an open seat next to you on the airplane
  • flipping to the cool side of your pillow in the middle of the night
  • pulling some forgotten money out of your pocket
  • finding the TV remote after its been lost for awhile

His blog and subsequent books were such a hit because we like to be reminded of how awesome life can be, to be reminded of the small moments that bring a smile to our face each day even if they are very brief and often overlooked.

As we journey through the pandemic, it will continue to be hard, but we will have small awesome things happen every day. The key is that we take the time to acknowledge them. To appreciate them. To not overlook them. 

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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