The morning air was crisp and the fall leaves were brilliant. It was in-between classes and students were walking throughout the campus on their way to their next class. As a group of students ascended the grand staircase, I stopped them when they arrived at the top.
I said, "Turn around, take a moment and enjoy this beautiful view."
They all looked at me funny, laughed nervously and said, "We can't, we're too busy--we will if you give us a late pass to class."
I laughed and they hurried on their way.
I blew it.....I should have kept them there, written them all a pass and encouraged them to breath deeply of the cool morning air and enjoy the beauty of the moment.
Here is a pass if you need one.