Seven Wonders of the World – A Different View

by Stephen Mills on March 3, 2010

I saw this in the ETR Newsletter today.

A group of students was asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of the World.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:

1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there are so many.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”

The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are:

1. To see
2. To hear
3. To touch
4. To taste
5. To feel
6. To laugh
7. And to love.”

Read the whole article: The Other Seven Wonders of the World

Update: I received the following from a reader:

The original author of the vignette about the girl writing her own version of the Seven Wonders is Joy Garrison Wasson.  She taught English in Muncie, IN for over thirty years.  She died last October passed away Thursday, October 15, 2009, at Ball Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was only 62.  Please acknowledge her as the source of the story.  Thanks!

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Tracy Todd March 4, 2010 at 8:45 am

I love this! I can relate to this! I live this!

It’s just such a pity that I had to go to extreme -be paralyzed from the neck down -in order to appreciate the “small” things in life. But thankfully, my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my mind, my heart and my soul have finally been reawakened. There can be no greater privilege/blessing in life than that!
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Positively Present March 4, 2010 at 9:50 am

Wow! I love this! Thanks for posting it!
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Tess The Bold Life March 4, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I love this as well. When I first began keeping gratitude journals I used to write the same thing all of the time. Then it finally hit me how much I do have to be grateful for and I’m on my 8th year of gratitude journals. Isn’t life grand!
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Nea | Self Improvement Saga March 5, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I love this post because the best things in life are often those that we most often take for granted.
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Jonny March 6, 2010 at 6:48 am

Theres always one goody too shoes lol.
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