Are you grateful today?

IMG_0486There was a saying my Granny B would note, “We plant today the harvest of tomorrow.”  So on this first day of fall, it is appropriate I pull out my autumn door sign and gratefully reflect on its message and on an exceptional email in an inbox full of needs…

It is rare, but when it happens, it strikes swiftly and boldly to the heart and soul.  As a principal, I have to admit there are days I dread opening my email inbox.  I just know…  Today was an exception of the best kind as I scrolled down to a line marked “Grateful” (needless to say, this email was opened first).  In the note, a specific teacher was being praised by a parent for being “organized, thoughtful, kind, funny, and loving” to her child.  The parent went on to thank me for choosing this teacher and for showing patience with this family through some challenging days:  “What I need to do from this point forward is trust you and your team to do your loving work with a new attitude of gratitude…thanks for showing me with your actions that my child is first in your heart.”

JOY in life is made up of small things–a smile, a helping hand, a caring heart, great laughter, a word of praise… On this day, I am conscious of the treasured moment when this kind, grateful note of thanks found its way into my inbox and of Granny’s words on WHY we gratefully tend to our garden each day.  🙂

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