I was wondering what could be of my blog readers’ interest when I came across this inspirational book on foreign language education, and guess what? I found something really interesting which I’d like to share with you. Even though it has been initially designed as a foreign language classroom activity by author Moscowitz, it fits well my purpose today.
“Every day that we live is in some way different from all other days. Do we make the most of every day of our lives? Do we say the things and do the things that mean the most to us? The answers to these questions are that we do not.
What would we have to do to make life have its fullest meaning for us? We must try hard and see what is truly important to us in life. In order to help you accomplish that, let me suggest a different exercise: imagine that you have been chosen to be one of a very special group of people to be sent to inhabit a new planet. You will be doing a great service for humanity by this mission by preparing this new territory for future settlement.
Your family and friends are very proud of you. Life promises to be very exciting, adventurous, and rewarding on the new planet.
Although many wonderful experiences await you as you serve humanity, you will never be able to return to earth, since people cannot readjust once they are on this new planet. This means you will never again see anyone you know or do any of the things you presently enjoy.
You will be leaving for your new home in two weeks. Everything you need will be there when you arrive. Plan how you would spend your last two weeks in your present surroundings to make them the most memorable and meaningful to you.
Try to answer these questions as carefully as possible:
- whom would you want to spend time with?
- which people would you spend the most time with and why?
- what would you want to be sure to say to each of these people?
- what activities and pastimes would you engage in?
- what would be the most meaningful experience or contact of all for you during this time?
To answer these questions will require careful thought. Therefore, spend some quiet time reflecting on these questions, and write out your responses. Be aware of the fact that you will be deciding what is truly meaningful in life to you. This is the essence of what we are searching for.”
(Source: MOSKOWITZ, Gertrude. Caring and Sharing in the Foreign Language Class. 1978)
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