GRATITUDE~ OUR LIGHT IN THE STORM
It is the time of year when we talk about gratitude. The days are getting shorter, and the darkness that comes so early in the evening tends to slow us down. It is the time of year when we reflect on how fast the days are going and how quickly we are coming to the end of another year. Where did the time go? The leaves have fallen off of the trees; the growth in the yard is done. We are gearing up for the frost and the wind and the cold. It is the perfect time to think, and with Thanksgiving approaching, to think about what we are thankful for. Most of us feel truly thankful for our family, our health, our home and maybe our job. But what about the times when being grateful is the last thing on our minds?
This week the students were challenged to think about times when things were not going their way. Times that seem a bit like a disaster or, at the very least, a disappointment. It seems that those are times when we need gratitude the most and we are the least grateful. Kallie, in the fifth grade, gave a great example. She told us that her family had adopted two dogs this past week and she had taken them for a walk in the woods. On the walk, she slipped and fell in the mud but she was grateful. Whatever for….we wondered. She was grateful that she was able to hang on to the leash. She knew the dogs would have run off and she might have lost them forever. Being muddy was a consequence that she accepted joyfully when faced with the thought of losing something precious.
It is easy to lose our joyful spirit when times are tough or stressful. I don’t know about you, but the season of gratitude is exactly what I need. My joyful spirit has been waning. Life can get hard, really hard; and the risk of failure can make it hard to see clearly. It is time to thank God for everything. To stop and open our eyes to the things that have become murky in our own struggles. We have so much to be thankful for. I pray that I can open my eyes and see everything in a new Divine light. Lately, I have been thankful to our church and school community. As a stranger to Hudson, Sacred Heart has been my rock and my home and I have learned an immeasurable amount from the people here. It has made all of the difference in my life and I am truly grateful.
Anne Atkin, Principal