May Peace Be With You
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate
cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King, Jr.
These are difficult times that we live in filled with chaos and strife occurring
globally, within our own community, and perhaps our own family. As a
school leader I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of teachers
and staff members over the past several decades along with thousands of
parents and students. I have worked closely with people who have
suffered immeasurable loss and heartache and yet have approached
suffering with such incredible perspective, positive attitude and gratitude
while enduring their pain.
It is clear to me that one's own internal thermometer, so to speak, one's
own attitude and mental framework determines how one will cope with
life's' events, both large and small. You know those people who are
optimistic and enthusiastic no matter what. Each of us has friends who are
typically upbeat most of the time, ready to take on the day, handling the
negatives and curve balls thrown their way and have the keen ability to see
the good in any situation. Then there are the pessimists who are fearful,
negative most of the time and see what is wrong with any good thing that
comes their way. These folks are "prophets of doom" about most things
I have pondered this question many times... "Are we born optimists or
pessimists? Is this an innate trait that we are genetically predisposed to?"
I am certain that there is a genetic component to our personalities. Yet, I
have also seen those who have had a "change in attitude" who learned to
see things differently - those who previously "saw the glass half empty,"
some may have experienced an unexpected life event, or now choose to
see things in a new perspective, or have learned to "see the glass half full."
What I am referring to is daily life's perspective and experience. How we
choose to view life, people, work, family, friends, and our daily reality is
truly a choice we have control over. We can see evil intent, impure
motives, and join the gossip of destruction or we can choose to build
others up, see the good, give others the benefit of the doubt, not expend
negative energy, and instead make a choice to become a positive
influence in the lives of others we encounter.
These positive people are truly "lights shining in the darkness." They are
encouragers and uplifters. They are sparks that can ignite a fire of energy
and enthusiasm! I know many such people and I love being around them.
Don't you? You will notice that the optimistic ("glass half full") people are
typically sought out by others and never lack friends. There is a group of
caring parents who are shining examples of this positive energy. They
have started their own Facebook Group, "I Support CVCHS." Their
purpose is "for all the positive things about CVCHS, our teachers,
students, parents and administrators" to be supported in our community.
Got to love the positive energy, goodness and peace that this group wants
to share and celebrate all the good that is happening at CVCHS!
This time of the year is a time of reflection on oneself and one's own
attitude. It is a time of great opportunity to share your love, appreciation
and gratitude to others in your life. It is a time to forgive one's enemies and
to forgive oneself. Take time to tell others what you appreciate about them
and how thankful you are for them. An "attitude of gratitude" is contagious!
In closing, take a moment to reflect on these words:
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude,
to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes,
than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we
embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the
fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude...
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes" Charles Swindoll
I invite you today, to join me in making this world a better place by
extinguishing darkness with light, and overcoming hate with love.
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season filled with love, laughter,
gratitude, kindness, forgiveness and most of all... Peace.
May Peace Be With You,