All posts tagged: Classroom

Happy New Year, New Start, New Outlook!

Ahead there is a new path, do not be afraid, you have not passed this way before. It is finally here, 2013, a new year holding unlimited promise for a bright future.  I can’t say that I was sad to see 2012 go away as it was a challenging, hard and often depressing year.  The holidays proved to be one of the hardest times I have ever lived through, the grief was hard to keep in check and some days I simply could not do it. So on New Years Eve I made a promise to myself that I would again do the burning bowl ritual. I wrote all my excuses, grievances, fears and regrets on pieces of paper and offered them up with much thought, a prayer and burned release at midnight. One by one I let go of all that was holding me back, keeping me down and blinding my sight for the future.  I am free.  The ashes of what once was are gone, scattered in the wind.  I am thankful.  I am at peace where I …

Be Thankful – Start With Today!

Today is the beginning of November.  The past few months have been a roller coaster of emotion, grief, odd events and illnesses, and a few bouts of chaos.  Enough already! I like to take the month of November to remember things to be thankful for.   It is the month to celebrate Thanksgiving and I can’t think of a better way to gear up for the holiday.  To make a point of being thankful each day for the things we sometimes take for granted, and the people in our lives is the best way I know to give the actual feasting day a more fulfilling and joyful meaning.  On this first day of November, I am thankful for our home.  Though I am thankful for the house itself and having a roof over our heads, I am more thankful for the things that make it a home.  The warm colors chosen to enhance and add warmth, the cozy furniture that we all enjoy, and a few rooms where we can all gather to watch a movie, spend …

Happy Valentines Day

To be honest, Valentine’s Day has never been my favorite holiday. Charlie Brown and I share a lot of the same experiences, although, I think he beat me in not getting a single one. I was always a little mad at Snoopy for not giving him a Valentine; after all he DID feed the dog. The more I talk to other people the more I’ve realized that this holiday doesn’t hold fond memories for many of us. Some of the places I’ve worked made a big deal out of Valentine’s Day, going so far as trading the little Valentine’s and pinning them up on your cubicle walls. It was (like in elementary school) a popularity contest. Those who didn’t receive a lot of Valentine’s felt left out or disappointed. So this year, toss out the old thoughts about the holiday. This year take Valentine’s Day back and remember what it SHOULD be. Take this and make it not just one day, but the first day of the year to celebrate the love of life. It doesn’t …