Summer is a time to GROW our mental immunity!
In the eyes of an 8 year old…summer seems like it will last forever and the days of reading, writing, and arithmetic will never come again.
Those of us who are a little bit older certainly know better and realize that in a blink of an eye we will proudly open our school doors and welcome our students back on Wednesday, August 16.
Until that time I highly encourage you to spend part of your summer focusing on growing your mental immunity. We know what physical immunity is and we spend a good deal of time visiting doctors, getting vaccines, taking vitamins, eating healthy, getting exercise, and getting enough sleep to stay physically well. But what are you doing to stay mentally well?
Developing our mental immunity so that when disturbances happen, and they happen to all us, we are able to withstand them and not lose our patience, temper, and good spirit. We are able to pause, take a breath, and remind ourselves that this is only a small problem and this too shall pass.
Ways to develop our mental immunity are many and they vary from person to person. Some meditate, some read, some pray, some take walks, and some exercise. There is no one way to build mental immunity. It must be built over time like a muscle. It can’t be done in a quick way. It takes time and practice. I once heard our emotions compared to that of a snow globe. Often our minds are all “shaken up” and the glitter of the globe is swirling everywhere in our minds. We need to strive for a mind that is more like a snow globe that is settled and been undisturbed. When our minds are calm and peaceful…we are at our very best.
Take some time this summer to take care of you and your mind. Best of luck keeping your “snow globe” settled!
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools