Good morning, Prep School family,
I hope that the Bulletin finds you well this week and that the warmer weather is putting a spring in your step. I have just been looking at the forecast for next week and some days it is positively tropical! Please do not forget to apply sun cream (to yourself or the children before school). This come from the lady who sat outside for breakfast on Sunday in the shade, yet still managed to burn her face, even with cream on! I had a busy weekend of doing those little jobs that you put off forever and then panic when they haven’t been done! I didn’t do anything particularly exciting but we need weekends like this occasionally to rest, rejuvenate and reset.
I was speaking to a friend at the weekend and she reminded me of a quote we used to use a lot when we were doing youth work on our gap year. It is so true and one that I must try to remember on a more regular basis. I think it is all too easy to get absorbed in things that may not even happen and this has a hugely adverse effect on what actually happens today, in the now and in the minute. We then miss out on the joy, the fun, the laughter, the happiness and the calm that the present moment can bring.
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow – it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom
Tomorrow will be here soon enough. . .
Corrie ten Boom was an amazing lady who knew all about living in the now – a Christian writer and watch maker born in the Netherlands in 1892. She, along with the rest of her family, helped many, many Jews escape the atrocities of the Nazi’s during World War II. She helped Jews escape the Holocaust by letting them hide in her home. Corrie and her family were caught and they themselves were sent to a concentration camp. It was there that she wrote her famous book called ‘The Hiding Place’. Corrie was released from the concentration camp and went on to live a long life and helped many people after the war ended, especially those with disabilities. Corrie continued to write many books and she travelled the world speaking to huge audiences about her experiences. She died on her 91st birthday. . .what a brave and remarkable lady.
Quote of the week: “Bring love wherever you go. Shine light wherever it’s dark. Leave blessings wherever you have been. Be kind wherever you are.” – Mary Davis
Well-being tasks for this week: These tasks for are for a Meaningful May;
Tuesday 10 May – Be grateful for the little things
Wednesday 11 May – Look around for things that bring you awe and wonder
Thursday 12 May – Listen to your favourite piece of music
Friday 13 May – Find out about the values and traditions of another culture
Saturday 14 May – Go outside and listen to the noises of nature
Sunday 15 May – Do something that contributes to your local community
Monday 16 May – Show your gratitude to those who are helping to make things better
Jokes of the week:
What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple?
Finding half a worm.
What is a computer’s favourite snack?
What is a tornado’s favourite game to play?
How does the moon cut his hair?
What did the Dalmatian say after lunch?
That hit the spot.
Sleeps til Santa: 228 days
5 things that I am grateful for or looking forward to this week:
Can you try this simple exercise in gratitude and positivity?
- I am looking forward to going for an evening walk
- I am looking forward to (hopefully) booking tickets to See Dr Karl Kennedy in concert
- I am looking forward to watching a new TV drama
- I am grateful for the trees and the sound that they make as they blow in the wind
- I am grateful for Starbucks on the M42!
Have a lovely week and enjoy each and every opportunity,
Take care of yourself, lots of love,