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The Black Dot

The Black Dot

What do you see?

The new school year is well and truly underway and the settling in period is over. At last week’s year meeting I read a story to Year 10 titled “The Black Dot”. It discussed how a professor gave his class a surprise test which featured only a black dot in the middle of a white piece of paper. The professor asked the class to write about what they saw on the piece of paper.

No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same thing happens in our lives. We too often insist on focusing only on the black dot – which represent the difficulties and struggles in our lives. However, the dark spots are very small when compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds.

I encouraged Year 10 to take their eyes away from the black dots in their lives. To enjoy each one of their blessings and each moment that life gives them.

Patrick Doyle, Year 10 Coordinator (Wellbeing)