I would like to first thank the PTO for organizing the festivities on Friday night. Though I was unable to attend due to family obligations, the anticipation from students was palpable during the day. Many students told me about their costumes and the friends they were going to attend with. There was genuine joy.
Below, you will find the line up for this week's Spirit Week which made me think about this season of festivities and the "spirit" of giving and kindness.
I looked up the definition of the word spirit and realized that this is quite the word! There are many definitions but the one that captured my attention for this post is: those qualities regarded as forming the definitive or typical elements in the character of a person, nation, or group or in the thought and attitudes of a particular period.
Based on that description, there could be a lot to unpack on our current state of politics and health concerns, but I would like to stick to the simpler form of the "elements in the character of a person or group." Being kind is more than just not arguing with someone or giving someone a hard time. Being kind is believing that a person is coming from a place of care and that the receiver is also assuming positive intentions.
As I looked for material to add here I came across this TedX: My Philosophy For a Happy Life
I see and hear kindness within this talk and I hear the positivity that we need to continue to have. So as we come together as a group to have a little fun with our Monday kick off for Spirit Week and as we celebrate our various holidays, let's do this in the spirit of kindness, giving and positivity.