It is almost Thanksgiving and this is the time of year when we are all thankful for something. Monday, we celebrated and gave thanks to our Veterans for the service that they have provided to our Country. In a few weeks, we will gather together and give thanks for family and friends, for the bountiful meals that will bring us together, for relaxing on the couch during football, and for so much more.
With Thanksgiving, gratitude will be at the center of all of our tables as part of our family traditions and spiritual practices. But gratitude should be something more that an element nestled somewhere between the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie!
Gratitude has a power we can all tap into. It is no longer a soft skill but one that can be taught and learned.
“Gratitude is like a flashlight. It lights up what is already there,” says M.J. Ryan in Attitudes of Gratitude.
Studies even show that children who experience gratitude on a regular basis have higher grade point averages, experience more positive emotions, and ultimately, go on living more meaningful lives.
Gratitude can foster an increased sense of hope and trust in others and fuel a desire to give back to others. Practicing gratitude at a young age promotes later development of self-control and self-regulation, which are sources for lifelong success.
When we center our lives on fulfilling our own needs, we lose sight of others. We begin to take credit for meeting our needs in our own strength, and we freely accept the credit for any success that comes our way.
Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world,” and that is a truth that is still relevant today.
This transformation is a journey that begins with a change of heart and leads to a changed perspective, a changed leadership process, and changed personal practice. It is lived out on a daily basis, with a sense of purpose and expectancy as you determine how you will lead and interact with the world today.
Thank you to our Veterans for all that you have done for our great Country! On behalf of Ovid-Elsie Area Schools – Happy Thanksgiving!
Dr. Ryan L. Cunningham, Superintendent
Ovid-Elsie Area Schools