May 5, 2014
It was an honors celebration, for middle school and high school students and their families, being recognized for overcoming a serious life bump and persisting through it to success. The room was filled, there’s that buzz that happens at the beginning of an event. People were scrambling to their seats, students were trying to figure out the best place to be, with family? With their friends? The organizers were checking the last-minute details.
And at the back of the room, a little girl, maybe three years old, was listening to the music in her head. She wore a very pretty pink dress, sleeveless, long, layers of silk and net, which was stunning against her mocha-colored skin. The cornrows of her hair were pulled to the top of her head, like a crown, and bright and sparkly ribbons were woven through. She was barefoot, and gorgeous.
And she danced. She twirled, she skipped, she ran lightly. She pirouetted, and held the pose, one arm held gracefully above her head, the other around and across her body. She seemed oblivious to the hubbub around her, though she danced adroitly around anyone who was close to her. She was three; she didn’t much care about what the adults were doing; she danced, to her own music and in her own style.
When life is frenzied, or we’re surrounded by noise and distraction, sometimes it’s best to listen to the music in our heads, and…dance.
Thanks to everyone for contributing ideas and insights at the College Council meeting a couple of weeks ago, where we started the process of creating a strategic plan for the College of 2015-2020. At that meeting, we generated our best thinking about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. From the giant list of ideas (10 pieces of chart paper!), we’ll see the common themes that emerge, then begin the work of identifying goals and strategies. Much work lies ahead of us, but it’s good work, important work, and we’re off to a great start. Stay tuned for next steps.
To think about...
You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart. - Author Unknown
|Marilyn Moore, EdD