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Head's Corner, May 15, 2013
Greetings CMS Families,
I hope that you are doing well. Really doing well. I realize being well is relative however for me it simply means that you are healthy, happy and content. Sometimes little things prevent us from being well. Yesterday morning I was completely distracted by too many little things. It all began when Justin Bieber of all people, belted out his catchy song “Right Here” at 4:30 AM and awakened me prematurely. I could blame my kids for setting the alarm but I’m the guilty party. I am still learning how to use the clock and music settings on my phone. I knew that I needed the “right” song to jump-start my day, just not that early. Perhaps I should have jumped on the treadmill so that I could fit into my clothes. Not so much. I was bummed that I would have to go to my doctor’s appointment where I would be reminded that my weight was up and I would be encouraged to manage stress better. My teenagers didn’t help. For some reason I just wasn’t in the mood for their usual early morning sarcasm. I could tell that it was going to be a long day.
When I arrived at work, it seemed as if I had already worked a full 10 hours! Needless to say, I was distracted from being well. As soon as I walked in the building, I was greeted by a bunch of bright-eyed, Cheshire cat grinning energetic faces! One of the students from the Toddler/Primary Program came into in my office with her mom. She noticed the bright orange flower that was placed in the center of my table. Immediately she ran over to the table, climbed in the chair and smelled the flower. She said, “It smells so beautiful.” In that moment, all was well with me. I realized that all was well with this four year old and somehow, she made all of my little distractions go away. Children have a way of doing just that.
I began to focus on the good “distractions” that help adults take their minds off the distractions we tend to give more credit than they deserve. Last week Upper Elementary Students demonstrated their performing arts skills in the play “Ella Enchanted.” They were phenomenal! CMS has a talented pool of thespians and musicians and it is always such a joy to see the children in action. They help redirect your energy even when there is a steady stream of well, distractions.
Being well is relative. It is simply a matter of perspective. One month ago our community experienced an unimaginable tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Hundreds of lives were affected and four people, including a bright-eyed 8-year old boy, lost their lives. Do you think their families are worried about fitting into their clothes, being awakened before the crack of dawn or their sarcastic teenagers? I don’t think so! In fact, they probably wish that they shared the same distractions. I quickly had to snap out of my funk and put things in perspective. We have an incredible community. I am so thankful for the things that most people take for granted.
When I was a kid, I remember whenever my siblings and I complained about something, my parents would remind us of our blessings and then expose us to a person or situation that helped us put things in perspective. It usually ended up being a family field trip to some non-profit like a battered woman’s shelter or a visit to a distraught family member or friend’s house. We learned to stop complaining over time, and to pay it forward to those in need. My parents sent my older sister to a Montessori school so it was no secret that they were big fans of practical life lessons.
We have had so many distractions, both good and not so good in the last month. However, we need to take the time to focus on those things that really matter. In honor of the survivors and the families affected by the Boston Marathon, Cambridge Montessori will actively participate in collecting donations for the One Fund. We are never too distracted that we lose sight of the importance of community. The students at CMS are a constant reminder of how blessed we are. We will place empty jars in each of the three buildings to help pay it forward. Please join me in helping to make a difference. We may not make a huge financial impact, but all will be well with our souls, right here!
I wish you a wonderful week!