Oh, to live simply a/k/a How to be happy when a bird totals your jet plane

As I sit here in the Atlanta Airport awaiting my flight after a most disastrous day, I ponder this amazing poem.

I Taught Myself To Live Simply by Anna Akhmatova
I taught myself to live simply and wisely,

to look at the sky and pray to God,
and to wander long before evening
to tire my superfluous worries.
When the burdocks rustle in the ravine
and the yellow-red rowanberry cluster droops
I compose happy verses
about life's decay, decay and beauty.
I come back. The fluffy cat
licks my palm, purrs so sweetly
and the fire flares bright
on the saw-mill turret by the lake.
Only the cry of a stork landing on the roof
occasionally breaks the silence.
If you knock on my door

I may not even hear. 

Oh, to be simple in life and eloquent in speech!

Today, a bird flew into the engine of my airplane destined for Atlanta and totaled the plane. Literally.  Then, with all planes grounded out of Atlanta, I took the only road that would get me to St. Louis in time for the workshop tomorrow… I drove.

As Providence would have it, I had three amazing people who rode with me, including Roni, the woman responsible for the Ed Tech Leadership program at Albany State University, of all things!  She has contacts in India for Flat Classroom.

And as it would have it, if we had taken off as planned, if the little birdie hadn't been in the wrong place at the wrong time, that plane would have been turned back to Albany because of Bad weather in Atlanta.

So, the little birdie died for a reason, I guess.  And the ride was quite pleasant.  We didn't stress, we just laughed about it and rode on.

So, we can still live in simplicity even when your jet plane is totalled and your flight is cancelled and your gate changes three times.

OK, time to board. 

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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