There are a few people who had a wonderful 2021-2022 school year, but for most of us, it was a year that had some beautiful moments but was also full of unrelenting challenges that we didn't feel fully able to meet. As we transition into summer, we all need different things to help us put this year behind us and be able to rest and recover. My hope is that you will be gentle with yourself - knowing that you did the best you could during a very difficult year. If you are looking for ideas for how to put this year behind you, here are some ideas:
+ If you haven't read My Grandmother's Hands, I offer it to you as the most important book I have read for my own healing journey. I think about Resmaa Menakem's ideas every day, and his ideas continue to change me.
+ Deepak Chopra shares great ideas about "how to release the past and return to love."
+ Many of us might want to just put this year behind us and try not to think too much about it, but reflection offers the opportunity for productive closure, for coming to peace with the year we just experienced, and more than that, reflection offers the opportunity to maximize our own growth. In this 7-minute video, I share ideas and questions to help you reflect on this year, so that you can feel ready for summer.
+ Find some music that speaks to you in this moment - a few on heavy rotation for me right now are Andra Day's "Rise Up," Lizzo's "About Damn Time," Florence + the Machine's, "Dog Days Are Over," and K'Naan's "In The Beginning." English High Principal Caitlin Murphy played a slide show at our closing staff meeting set to Alicia Keys's song, "Good Job," which sends a message I hope all educators can embrace at the end of this year (see image above). Email me if there are songs that really speak to you right now, so I can add them to my playlist.