“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
– William Arthur Ward
As I walked down Market Street a few days ago, I saw this quote written on a wall. What a good and timely reminder it was for me. The Hebrew word for gratitude is hakarat hatov which means “recognizing the good.” Practicing gratitude means recognizing the good that is already yours, ours and mine. As I read that sign, my thoughts went immediately to SDJA.
I feel gratitude every day when I am at school – for the incredibly admirable and tireless work of the teachers this year, for the amazing PTO leaders and volunteers that have brought fun and joy, for the cutest, most lovable and good-hearted children with whom I feel so connected every day. As we end the school year, I know that there have been times that I have felt true gratitude in my heart, yet – in the busy-ness of my day – I haven’t always taken the time or made the effort to express that gratitude. When I walked past that sign, I realized that there are gifts ungiven this year. So now, I want you all to know how deeply grateful I am to be a part of this community, to work shoulder-to-shoulder with passionate colleagues, to feel valued by parents, to feel supported by my boss and the Board, and to feel really loved by your children. I really can’t think of any place I’d rather be. May you all enjoy a summer full of the gifts of gratitude, given generously to one another. See you in August!