It is so unbelievable that tomorrow we embark on our last week of the 2016-2017 school year. We have all learned a lot this year, both students and staff alike. We will never stop learning and growing. The post below was shared with me and I thought it a poignant way to end the school year.
I wish everyone a relaxing summer. A summer that provides you an opportunity to reflect on what went well this year and where you can capitalize on growth for the new school year. We have established quite a TEAM and we will only get stronger with time.
Trees Shedding Their Bark
Like a tree our growth depends upon our ability to soften, loosen, and shed boundaries and defenses we no longer need.
Trees need their protective bark to enable the delicate process of growth and renewal to unfold without threat. Likewise, we need our boundaries and defenses so that the more vulnerable parts of ourselves can safely heal and unfold. But our growth also depends upon our ability to soften, loosen, and shed boundaries and defenses we no longer need. It is often the case in life that structures we put in place to help us grow eventually become constricting.
Unlike a tree, we must consciously decide when it's time to shed our bark and expand our boundaries, so we can move into our next ring of growth. Many spiritual teachers have suggested that our egos don't disappear so much as they become large enough to hold more than just our small sense of self--the boundary of self widens to contain people and beings other than just "me." Each time we shed a layer of defensiveness or ease up on a boundary that we no longer need, we metaphorically become bigger people. With this in mind, it is important that we take time to question our boundaries and defenses. While it is essential to set and honor the protective barriers we have put in place, it is equally important that we soften and release them when the time comes. In doing so, we create the space for our next phase of growth.
Continue to be innovative, creative, and a model of excellence!!