Perhaps you have had the experience of seeing remarkable change in the
world around you only when you allow yourself to slow down and consciously notice. New fifth grade Wyandotte teacher Hailey Howe shared with me that standardized testing has given her a chance to recognize the changes in her students from the beginning of the year. In their stillness as they worked, Hailey took time to contemplate each student, and she wrote, "Because I see them every day, it is harder for me to notice the physical changes in their faces, but I now can see the academic and emotional growth they have made." May we each
seek such stillness and use it to recognize the changes that time, growth, and seasons give us constantly, if we only take the time to notice.