Patricia L. Fitzgerald, Editor 2012-12-22 15:26:54
Embracing the Promise of a New Day Many of you are going to turn the page and read President Sandra’s Ford column about the excitement of a new year’s fresh opportunities with a sense of enthusiastic kinship. And as well you should! I am a committed resolutions-setter myself come each January 1st. But let’s face it; at least a few of you will dismiss such encouragement out of hand, as you struggle with a case of the post holiday blues, frustrated by messy road conditions and dreading the next work-related aggravation that lurks around the corner. It’s difficult to get excited about the possibilities and potential of the year ahead when you resent the simple fact that you had to get out of bed this morning. But something did compel you to rise, if not to shine, today. Maybe it’s your personal commitment to being a consummate professional. After all, others are counting on you at work and home. Plus, those holiday bills need to get paid. So, maybe you don’t have a choice about getting out of bed. But unless you are suffering from clinical depression, most of us do have a choice about how we are going to approach the day. I’m having one of those morning starts as I write this in mid-December. My pre-Christmas to-do list only seems to grow, the stress of it sucking some of the joy out of holiday preparations. Cold symptoms that I’ve had since Thanksgiving persist. It's a dark, foggy start to the day. And the horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., is agonizingly fresh, making things darker and foggier. But the magazine needs to get to the printer, and I don’t have the luxury of burrowing deeper beneath the covers. It may be a tough morning, but I’m likely to find that once I get myself going, I will get caught up in the various possibilities that the day holds. It might be through a scheduled magazine team meeting to discuss plans for upcoming issues or an impromptu brainstorming confab among HQ colleagues to identify potential general session speakers for next summer’s Annual National Conference. As I check things off my to-do list, some weight will lift, and I will find myself more capable of dealing with what’s next. I’ll hear about a fun approach to getting kids to try Brussels sprouts in the cafeteria and be amazed (again) by the creativity of school nutrition professionals. Someone will post a great giggle on Facebook. A friend will ask me about my recent vacation to Iceland, and not only will I get to re-experience the trip, but it will lead to a conversation about my next destination. And, at some point, especially in the wake of unimaginable national tragedy, I will be reminded that each new day is truly a precious gift. That’s what gets me out of bed in the morning—how about you?
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