Good morning, Prep School family,
I hope you are well and had a lovely day yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed being in school and seeing lots of smiling faces – just what I needed on a grey Monday in January!
I thought I would share a story with you today – you know I like a story with a moral – it’s called The Boulder and the Gold.
In ancient times, a king had his men place a boulder on a roadway. He then hid in the bushes, and watched to see if anyone would move the boulder out of the way. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers passed by and simply walked around it.
Many people blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none of them did anything about getting the stone removed.
One day, a peasant came along carrying vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to push the stone out of the way. After much pushing and straining, he finally managed.
After the peasant went back to pick up his vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and note from the King explain that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the road.
Moral of the story: Every obstacle that we come across gives us an opportunity to improve our circumstances, and while the lazy complain, others are creating opportunities through their kind hearts, generosity, and willingness to get things done.
Which kind of person would you like to be? We all have choices in life. . . what would you have done?
PS – Have you noticed something about my quotes of the day this week? Is there a theme?
PPS – Don’t forget to send me some shout out of success for merit assemblies this week! Remember, we want to celebrate all successes – no matter how small!
Days of the year theme: Popcorn Day and Tin Can Day.
Popcorn Day is a great excuse to finish everyone’s work early and have a family film night!
Quote of the Day: “After all, one can’t complain. I have my friends.” – Eeyore
Happier January calendar task (this month’s activities are based on doing things that make us happier):
*Get (back) in contact with an old friend that you miss
TOP’s weekly activity: Research a famous or historical figure and write a diary entry as them. Can you then present it in an unusual way?
Life skill of the day: Learn to cook an egg – boiled, poached or scrambled!
Joke of the day:
Why did the student eat his homework?
Because his teacher told him it was a piece of cake!
Fact of the Day:
Bees are found everywhere in the world apart from Antarctica
Sleeps til Santa: 339 days!
Three things I’m looking forward to today (thanks to Mrs Hinch for the inspiration): Can you try this each day? Remember, it focuses your mind on the positive and reminds us to show gratitude for things, no matter how small!
Today I am looking forward to: a walk, a bath and my sofa!
Have a lovely day,
Stay very safe,