How is it 2013 already? Annually I inevitably ask, “Why does the end of year have to come at the same time as Christmas?” There’s just too much to do and plan in such a short amount of time.
I do have some big plans for 2013, and the resolutions that go with them all happen to begin with the letter C. Hence “The Year of Living C”. By posting these resolutions, I am now accountable to you for putting them into action. Please help me to remember them.
This is the healthy living portion of my annual “Lighten Up” resolution. This year I want to focus on condensing (a/k/a reducing) my consumption and my stuff. We all know that too much of anything (except love) is not good. I hope that the word “Condense” can become my mantra
for shrinking this 50-something belly fat (thank you, menopause) and leading me to a more organized life with less clutter in my home and in my brain.
I really want to “Consider” all others whom I meet. Years ago, I was part of a DOCC (Disciple of Christ in Community) group at my church. One of the many wonderful results of it was the renewed conscience awareness of Christ’s presence in every human being. The awakening of what should not have been a revelation helped me begin to really try to make a connection with each person whom I encountered. Over time since that year-long course, I have gotten lazy in my efforts, but the recent wave of “Random Acts of Kindness” have reminded me that it is time to start refocusing on others.
Ironically, this wave of kindness, sometimes accompanied by a cute little card like the ones above that I spotted on Pinterest, has arisen from the ashes of the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook and has reminded me that the light of God dwells in each one of us. How then can I not be considerate of each person whom I encounter? I also need to remember that consideration starts at home, and then I can carry this practice out into the world.
My son’s school has been telling us that the buzz word for education in the 2010s is “Collaboration”. Without collaboration, our children will not be able to navigate the global economy that they will face as adults.
2013 is the year that I embrace collaboration. Much more news on that will be coming soon, so please stay tuned. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
In the meantime, what have you got planned for 2013? I look forward to seeing it all unfold.
The happiest of New Years to you and your loved ones!
NB: See Comment below regarding closing of Sandy Hook Snowflake Project due to overwhelming response and consider the idea of creating a local wonderland as a sign of support.
A friend passed along an email from the Newtown PTA/PTSA about a project that we can all work on when the kids are out of school for the Christmas holidays:
Dearest Newtown Families & Newtown School Staff,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you today.
We know that our town is looking for a way to support Sandy Hook School and
all of Newtown in this hour of need. Your local PTA/PTSAs met on Sunday with
representatives from Connecticut PTSA with that goal in mind and this is the
“Let’s Give Sandy Hook School a Winter Wonderland”
Snowflake Drive – Like our children, no two snowflakes are alike. We invite
you to create snowflakes to decorate Sandy Hook School’s new home. Be
creative! All colors and designs are welcome. We know that children will
enjoy creating art that can adorn the walls of SHS’s new elementary school.
CT PTSA has been contacted from schools across the state and this is a
project we can all share. “Snowflake” drop boxes will be available at all
schools or can be mailed to: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building
12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.
“Newtown Teachers & Staff, We Love You”
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheons – Newtown public schools will host
potluck lunches district-wide on Friday as a sign of appreciation for our
teachers and staff. We will also provide a catered lunch for the staff at
Central Office. Stay tuned for details from your individual schools.
“What Else Can We do?”
Sandy Hook School Fund — Many people are looking to help by making a
donation. Please be cautious before contributing money and make sure the
fund is legitimate. With the help of CT PTSA, we have created the “Sandy
Hook School Fund” and donations will be accepted through CTPTA.ORG. You can
pay online or send a check to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway,
Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514 (if online contributing is made
available, we will let you know). No fees are charged and all monies raised
will go directly to help Sandy Hook School and Newtown. The beauty of this
fund is that we can designate its use farther down the road, when we can
determine where it will do the most good for the families of SHS and our
Newtown PTA/PTSAs thank both the CT PTSA and National PTA for their support
at this time. Soon the media attention will fade and we will continue to
support each other in private. We love Newtown and our wonderful families.
Don’t hesitate to contact your local PTA/PTSA officers with any of your
concerns; we are here for you and each other.
With snowflake inspiration all over the internet, this project seems like the perfect way for all of us who want to do something for this devastated community and let them know how much we love and care for them. Just click on the pictures to link to the how-tos.
And from the queen of crafts, Martha Stewart:
Spending time with our children on this project might help heal us all a bit, as well.
Updated information regarding the Sandy Hook Snowflake Project via Peanut Butter Fingers: the snowflakes should not have any writing on them, but please include a note explaining their origin (school, class, town, state) to display along with your snowflakes.