November is such a busy month at Hawley. As we dash around madly, it is vital that we pause and realize all that we have to be grateful for. Gratitude is a skill we are going to be focusing on this year with students. In our Morning Announcements we pause and "think about things in our life that we are happy that we have."
Professionally, I am Thankful for:
*the privilege of being Principal of this wonderful school
*a staff of hard-working professionals that always put children first
*parents that understand the challenges of education and support the
work that we do every day
*a PTA that continuously enriches, supplements and compliments our
work in such varied and wonderful ways
*students who always do their best while being respectful and kind
Personally, I am Thankful for:
*my wife of 24 years
*my 3 boys
*my mom who I still get to see and my kids get to enjoy
(dad will always be with us in spirit)
*my brother, sister and their families
*good health for all the above
Days go by so quickly. In the hectic rush of everyday life, it is oh too easy to be five steps ahead of yourself and/or to get wrapped up in a group frenzy. I think it is everyone's best interest, especially our children/students, to take a breathe and just slow down. Take the time to realize what you have, be thankful for it, and most importantly, ENJOY it.
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
~William Arthur Ward