Choices-how do you decide what choice is right?Will it affect you in a good or bad way?Who else will it affect?Does it take too much time/money/energy? Is it for the good of you or others?What are the ramifications?
Every choice has a consequence. That is something we learn early on in life-we are learning to walk and if we go too fast, we stumble and fall. However, if we are too cautious and never try to walk faster, we might crawl for our entire lives. Risks and chances and opportunities are so worth it in my opinion-you just have to weigh the consequences.
Drugs,alcohol, abuse-so not worth it,bc they injure you and others. Skipping school for weeks, not doing homework,all for fun.. may result in you failing a grade. So not worth it.
A few months ago, I got the opportunity to buy my daughter and myself Meet and Greet and concert tickets to an incredible vocal group from Italy called Il Volo.They are my daughter and her friend's favorite band. Their voices are past incredible, they are not super popular so you can get tickets still. They speak in Italian and Spanish-very cultural! They sing operatic pop.
The bad thing was that they were coming to sing in Chicago, two hours from my home, on Sept 4, the SECOND day of school and the second day of my new teaching job. We thought about the consequences-I might not get hired if i told them I had the tickets(In my defense, I had bought them months before and had a different job at the time), my daughter might get in big trouble at her HS because we had to leave the school half day the day of the concert and then she was going to miss the next day, I would be exhausted,etc etc..Well, we bought the tickets.
I did not lose my job. She probably has some upset teachers but she slept in and spent the day doing all her homework and even her online Mandarin class. The sound of the boys' voices and the looks on my daughter and her friends' faces made up for any headache or exhaustion I had today. I slept 3 1/2 hours-- I need to sign off and sleep...
Look at the faces on these pictures and tell me if you would have done anything different!
Allison Schley has been in the field of deaf and hard of hearing education for 20 years. She founded a nonprofit for families with hearing loss. She most recently wrote a children's book, entitled Forever Friends. This book shows the how a deaf dog and deaf boy teach the world that all kids are good and being deaf is okay.