My favorite hymnal song growing up in church was Pass it On. It spoke to me as a young child to remember it “only took a spark to get a fire going!” We would often have campfires, and the warmth of the fire felt so good. The glowing of the flames would captivate me and still does. It reflected all the love we felt together as young Christians at church camp.
The world is full of news that tries daily to darken the light in our world. If we can each decide to be the candle daily, doing everything we can to bring light to this world, we can pass on this love. Light can be transferred by each candle shining brightly with acts of kindness and modeling for others. We must stop the division by uniting; love pushes out hate and understanding the Two Rules philosophy. Everyone will feel good and safe. You can choose to be part of the problem or part of the solution. If you choose to be part of the problem, then the solution is in the consequences of the choice you made. Safety is a priority.
The single candle lights the way
Each and every day
Providing time to pray
Chances to say
All of the things we need to change today.
The single candle lights the way…….join with the light, spark a fire in your heart and pass it on!
When you see the word Wednesday what do you think first?
Wednesday means the weekend is almost here!
Wednesday means the words we use must be wise!
Wednesday means it is time to think of wellness!
Wednesday means to remember the wise women!
What about a wholesome Wednesday?
Does Wednesday mean to enjoy some wine?
Do you think of a wacky Wednesday?
Could we have a winning Wednesday?
Wednesday means having willpower!
Could you share wisdom on Wednesday?
I love to wish, watch and wait on Wednesday for dreams to come true!
What will we wear Wednesday? Will we wear white?
(It may be white outside where you live!)
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”Maya Angelou
Creativity brings value to life. You can see, hear, feel and explore all elements. Through your imagination, you can expand on what everyone experiences to enhance with new thoughts. As a thinker and “tinker,” your intelligence leads you to fun, innovative ideas and attracts others to join in the fun! The essential part of creativity is seeing more solutions than problems, which is my style!
I have so many people I admire, am blessed to know, and experience- good, challenging, trauma-filled, one-of-a-kind times and opportunities to fill my heart, soul, and mind! This wealth of knowledge, information, and experience will fill these pages to bring all of this to you!
Maya Angelou was always one of my favorites! She passed away from this life, but her voice and messages live on as long as others cherish her work to share with others. History can be filled with many things, events, trauma and challenges. However, I never want to lose any of it as we gain so much from it. How to overcome, unite, strategize, innovate and create!
Creativity generates or recognizes ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems. It formulates ways of communicating with others. It helps to find ways of entertaining ourselves and others. We think of creativity in writing, art, music, acting, dance, and all art forms.
Being part of the solution is creative! It is an art form! You will be thinking in many ways to find the right solution for the problem. One of my all-time favorite clips of Maya Angelou is in the link shared below. She provides you with the Top 10 Rules:
- Just Do Right
- Be Courageous
- Love (Self-Love is critical )
- Be a blessing to somebody
- Turn struggles into Triumphs (my favorite- is not to let anything or anyone crush what you know you can do!)
- Learn to say no
- Always do your best
- Keep rising (The best one 🌟)
Expanding creativity in your home, school, organization and life; will enhance unlimited possibilities and offer solutions!
Wednesday offers time to think of wisdom we can share. What things do you think about?
To be a good leader, you need to____________________.
If there is one thing to remember, it is_________________.
Children need to______________.
Today is the best time to________________.
What fill-in-the-blank could you create to help generate thoughts and conversation? I know as teachers, we have asked students to complete fill-in-the-blank questions and consider them to be recall information on tests. What if we present them in different ways to spark conversations and discuss them in different ways?
I am a big fan of student-led conferencing, which I have stated before in other posts. I also believe in strong partnerships with families and communities. The more we can invest in the quality of services and support for our children, the more robust the foundation will be as they grow.
Are we asking families any fill-in-the-blank questions that could generate quality conversations to build on? We ask students- What do they want to be when they grow up? Why not ask parents- What would you want your child to be when they grow up? I know when I have asked this question of students, I will get responses of professional football or basketball player. I had a parent tell me the same thing about their child. (I have to say to you, I do not recruit for professional teams, but I did not see the talent.) You do not want to shatter dreams or discourage hope for others. After all, I wanted to be a Rockett when I was younger, taking dance lessons. My dream was shattered when I found out they had a height requirement; it had nothing to do with talent. This is my story so that I can tell it this way.
Dreams are wonderful to have! I have pointed out in other posts the need for children to have life experiences, have opportunities to explore outside their comfort zones, and learn about things they do not know on a day-to-day basis. The influences in a child’s life help them discover more about what they are interested in, passionate about, and areas of strength. If they only experience what is around them, they are limited to what they think, know, and understand. The same goes for their family. This is why it is essential to expand what we do to embrace school, home, and community working together.
Tell your story
Our school has a strong partnership with___________________? This helps all students _________________? We love __________________about our school. If we all_____________together_________________will happen.
Change is always happening! The pandemic ushered in several shifts in our lives and education! It is when we can accept things we cannot change we can continue to move forward. There are things we can change and with these we follow our core values.
Identify the ‘what”, the “how” will follow. We cannot make the “how” an excuse not to face and accept the “what.” “When” we accept the “what” and “how” as our own, the realization of “who” needs to do the work required to make change is found.
Acceptance brings peace and reminders of our “why,” “what” we do, “how” we react, and “when” we accept, positive change can happen.
Culture shapes who we are as individuals and how we are as a society. What do you think about culture and how it contributes to your life?
It is incredible the many things, ideas, and possibilities you can discover when you begin to allow yourself to explore with no plan or purpose. Some days, I like to let my mind take a stroll through the beautiful world full of exciting amazement you can find.
One of my favorite things to do is to provide pictures with no words to allow others to describe what it means, is saying, the story it is telling or the feelings it is expressing.
Sometimes it is great to have a picture with words to begin a conversation. Today it seems like the colors of people seem to be talked about a great deal. I have fought for decades to battle against utilizing race, gender, or the way we look to determine who we are as an individual. Using the picture below helps to bring out other aspects of color. It no longer is just the surface but the depth it contains. A white peach, a chocolate chip, a strawberry, and the list can go on.
Giving our minds time to stretch is excellent for our muscles and overall well-being. You may have heard our brain is a muscle, but it is an organ weighing on average around 3 pounds by adulthood. It controls our muscles as well as many other aspects of our life. Physical activity, mental games, good sleep, and healthy eating habits all contribute to brain health.
Always take the time to learn more about taking care of your mind, body, and spirit to be the best you can be. There is only one of you! I am happy our paths crossed today.
Take a stroll……..
Lift your eyes up……hope it is real.