With the hectic nature of this time of year – concerts, last minute shopping, wrapping, baking, more shopping, more wrapping, another concert – it can be easy to lose perspective.

A magnet on my fridge reminded me, “Today is the greatest day available.” Whatever else is going on, be sure to enjoy the moment: the stranger who holds the door open, finding a parking stall, Silent Night playing on the radio, the lights glistening on the tree, the laughter¬†of children.

Despite the frenzy or the fatigue, enjoy today.

“I was born ready!”

Last week while working with one of my small groups, I asked a student if she was ready. Her reply: “I was born ready!” She said it with such gusto that all of us burst into laughter.

This from a little girl who was quite discouraged and disheartened last year. Learning is difficult for her. And yet, she has made great strides and found a glimmer of hope.  She now understands that these symbols on a page hold meaning. She has found the key to the literate world and she is truly feeling empowered.

Words really do change worlds!