MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Happy Spring to all of our readers! Like many of you, my eyes are puffy and my nose is runny, spring has definitely sprung! Along with it the daffodils and crocus are blooming. Leaves are starting to show their buds on the trees and goslings are following their moms from pond to pond. New beginnings are all around us and sometimes there are new beginnings that are happening with us. New beginnings can take on many forms. New beginnings can mean a new job, a move to a new city, a new relationship, or even a new phase of life. Sometimes a new beginning is a decision to make a change in the way we think or behave. Some of us thrive on starting fresh and the thrill of what unknown adventures await.
Starting something new brings new opportunities and it can be empowering. It can be a time of learning important lessons about yourself. And your new beginning may just be the start of something exciting and life-changing. We talk about these opportunities with students in the classrooms and in our out-of-school programming as well. Each time we start something new we are faced with choices and the way we respond to them carry consequences. Consequences can either bring us to a better and healthier place or they can bring us to an unhealthy place that may include problems and struggles. Maybe your fresh start is to change a habit that you find is destructive or unhealthy in your life. It is important to take the time to reflect on choices we've made; to consider the consequences, not just for ourselves but for those around us. It doesn't matter if we're parents, grandparents or children, our choices and their consequences effect those around us.
This may be the perfect time to start something new! What changes do you need to make? What new adventure awaits? Every day is an opportunity to start fresh.
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