November 22, 2019
Dear Columbus Academy Families,
We are headed into a glorious week-long break. I hope we all use it well.
If there is one clear message in the positive psychology work we have been doing this year at school, it is that recovery is the most important antidote to the sped-up, anxious world we all live in.
Sometimes recovery is spending hours in the kitchen preparing traditional recipes for extended family, sometimes it is reading alone in the quiet of the day or attempting a great physical challenge, or -- in our case -- walking dogs in wide-open spaces for hours. Whatever it is for your family, be sure that you find the time in the next week to fit it in. Children need to experience what distance from their daily lives (social and academic) feels like so they learn how to seek it out as adults. As we all know, managing our internal reaction to our own lives is one of the most important facets of growing up.
This upcoming Monday, November 25, our entire faculty and staff (over 200 strong!) will be at Mid-Ohio Foodbank sorting cans, preparing a local "market" and handing out Thanksgiving meals. This will be a bit of recovery for us -- spending time together offering our work where others need us. Faculty service has been one of the more joyful moments in our professional development schedule because it draws us all towards a common goal -- and we get to enjoy each other's company, too.
When I am away from school, recovery means accomplishing a nap and exercise in each day. I am curious what it means for you.
As a family, it also means repeating some of our favorite family excursions. All families have their own routines, but I thought I would share these because others shared their favorite things to do with us and that is how we learned how we enjoyed spending time.
Take care of yourselves and others this week, find your ways to recover and tell those you love how much you appreciate them. We can never have too much of giving thanks.