This time of year we take pause for gratitude. I am incredibly thankful for the health of loved ones and for the community of friends that enrich my days. I am also thankful for a number of other things:
1. I am thankful for those who have passed and what they added to the fabric of my understanding of the world: the importance of love, of caring and compassion. The hole in my heart of loss reminds me just how important they and their lessons were.
2. I am thankful for all of the mistakes I made this past year. And I know there were many including not finding the right words at the right time and making a decision too quickly or too slowly. I am an ever evolving person and those mistakes allowed me to reflect and grow and for that I am deeply thankful.
3. I am thankful that how we talk to each other and treat each other is becoming a national conversation. We were always charged with building community in schools, which is such very important work. I am thankful that we recognize it's not just about kids.
4. I am thankful for for the tough days. Would I understand joy if it weren't tested?
I hope you have time in the next few days to experience deep gratitude for all that you are. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.