Building Cathedrals Not Walls Maren Schmidt

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Building Cathedrals Not Walls  by  Maren Schmidt

Building Cathedrals Not Walls by Maren Schmidt
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Building Cathedrals Not Walls is a collection of ninety essays to inspire you in your work with children, whether you are a parent, a teacher, or other adult in the life of a child.Cathedrals endure as symbols of vision and dedication from the MiddleMoreBuilding Cathedrals Not Walls is a collection of ninety essays to inspire you in your work with children, whether you are a parent, a teacher, or other adult in the life of a child.Cathedrals endure as symbols of vision and dedication from the Middle Ages. During this time in Europe scores of cathedrals were envisioned, funded and built taking generations to complete, enduring plagues, wars, lost funding and more.In today’s world who embarks on a project that requires generations to complete?Who begins an endeavor while lacking the engineering know-how to finish it?Who has a plan and a vision for something that will last for a thousand years?An architect visited a construction site on his vacation.

As he walked around he asked the brick masons what they were building.“Mister,” the first worker said as he slopped mud onto a brick, “can’t you see I’m building a wall?”Every worker he chatted with, no matter if the chore was laying brick, shoveling or mixing cement, told the architect they were laying brick or stacking a wall.One worker offered a different version of his labors. As he stood upright and smiled, the man said, “Look. I’m building a cathedral.”If asked what we were doing during our day-to-day toils and challenges of parenting and teaching, we might be apt to answer, “Can’t you see I’m busy with the kids?”If we shift our perception and develop the art of the long view we should discover that we are part of a group who is building humanity.

We are part of a group who strives to build a better world, task by task, day by day, year in year out, generation by generation.When we have a plan and a vision, we understand that, indeed, we are building cathedrals, not walls. The mundane becomes the magnificent.And that makes all the difference.The essays in this book, I hope, will inspire you to see that we are working on something bigger than ourselves. Much bigger.



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