Happy New Year!
What? Happy New Year? Yes, this is how I always feel when a new school year begins. As a long time teacher, I still love the opening of school, the anticipation of a new year ahead, new faces, new ideas, a new season. It always feels more like a new year than January first! This is a time of endings and beginnings, a goodbye to summer and hello to autumn – change is in the air. It’s a good time to ask myself what changes I need to make, to see what needs to be renewed in me as this year moves forward. I’m very good at prolonging a project. How often I say to myself, “I’m going to read that book (or article or website or…) soon” and then realize how long it has been ignored. Or I realize how I promised someone who was temporarily in a rehab center that I’d be over to visit soon – only to discover those days have passed and she’s been discharged. This new term, new season, new week asks only one thing of us – pay attention! Don’t wait! Reboot! Renew!
Priscilla Wood, OP