Welcome back! This year’s holiday seemed just right for me. Don’t get me wrong, another few weeks to explore the snowy slopes or hike new trails would have been exciting and wonderful, but I was looking forward to kicking off the new year here at McAuliffe and I’m glad to be back. I hope the break afforded you time with the most important people in your lives and that whatever it was you did, wherever you went, that you learned something new and celebrated the love of family and friends.
I love the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” Many ascribe its origins to Africa but pinpointing the exact origin has proven difficult with some believing that it may have origins in Native American tribes. The debate about it’s actual origin makes sense because many thoughtful, caring communities throughout history have come to this understanding. That we each have strengths and weaknesses and that together, when we acknowledge this and support one another, we are a stronger, more skilled, more caring, more productive place…a better place.
The beautiful thing about our village is that we are all part of it…children, parents, staff, faculty. Each of us has a role to play here at McAuliffe and in life and those roles will change from time to time.
One of the incredible things about this is that our role is somewhat mysterious. We cannot know with absolute certainty the outcome of our actions and yet it is my hope, for those around us and those who come after us, that our actions leave behind an echo of belief in a better world and that all human beings are special, amazing, and important.
The new year is upon us and the question is, “What will you do with it?” This is a question for all of us. How might you make the world a better place? Think small. Think big. The opportunities are all around you. Some may be obscured from view…right now…but they are there waiting for you.
Last month I asked you a few questions. As a follow up to it, here is an opportunity to share the answers to a few of those questions:
- What was your favorite thing you did as a family in 2015?
- What’s one thing you would like to do or focus on as a family in 2016?
- What was the best book you read this year?