Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can doPosted by Deb Brown on 8/1/2020 5:00:00 AM
Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do
During the last several months, there has been a growing and ever changing list of “don’ts”-- don’t go out, don’t get too close, don’t forget your mask, don’t go to work, don’t forget to wash your hands, don’t, don’t, don’t. Habits have been changed, schedules have been up-ended and familiar practices are a memory. Yes, life has changed. And yet, somehow we push forward, we make our way through the uncertainty, and we look for the silver lining that is sometimes well hidden in the gray clouds. We adapt, we adjust, we alter and although sometimes difficult, we find a way to push through.
Our children have been impacted by this pandemic--some of it negative, but not all. How much more meaningful will words of encouragement and support be because they have seen family members persevering and maintaining a positive outlook? Now when they encounter difficulties, they will know what it means to endure. When they want to give up, they will have a firsthand example to follow. When they feel that they are facing the impossible, their strength will come from someone they love and respect. We could resign ourselves to a feeling of entrapment given all of the challenges that surround the daily efforts of battling an invisible, moving target. But what if we embrace the sentiment that we will not let what we cannot do interfere with what we can do? How empowering that is! Of course, we must not have a blind eye to what is going on around us, but we can choose to find a way to be happy and content and fulfilled.
The start of this new school year will look like none other. There will be many don’ts. However, we will choose to engage children in learning and discovery; we will choose to encourage reaching beyond one’s comfort zone; and, we will choose to focus on maintaining a sense of community and camaraderie. We may not be able to accomplish this in a way that looks familiar, but we will try nonetheless.
We will not allow what we can’t do to interfere with what we can do. How about you?
Pamela Stiles, Superintendent