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Message from Scott Cowie, head, Senior Division

Scott CowieUpcoming Senior Division Dates:

Wednesday, Feb. 18 – Saturday, Feb. 21: Classical Play – The Tempest, David Chu Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Although Blue Monday – the day identified as the most depressing day of the year – has come and gone, we still need to get through the February “blahs.” Bracing for what we’re being told will be one of the coldest stretches of the winter thus far, as we look toward the Founder’s Day long weekend, we all might be looking for some support to help us through the frosty days ahead.

I think the winter months naturally put us in a state of self-focus. Our outdoor activity is limited somewhat by the weather, and social calendars seem to have more empty slots as people prefer to stay home in “hibernation mode.” I came across two resources recently that may help us press on through to the warmer, sunnier days of March.

The first is one that may help shift our mindset from dwelling on disappointment or negativity to a more positive, energizing place. In his 14-minute TEDTalk, Benedictine monk and inter-faith scholar David Steindl-Rast shares his thoughts on how to be truly happy. His secret? You don’t need to be happy to be grateful, but if you want to be happy, you need to be grateful. By the way, there must be something to Steindl-Rast’s theory. His video has been viewed by well over 4 million people. Here’s the link to his talk.

The second resource speaks to the importance of being other-minded. This link to an online article from the Huffington Post takes us through 21 documented acts of kindness that remind us that “humanity’s inherent goodness happens around us all the time.” From shifting our focus away from self and toward others, we naturally find a greater sense of purpose in our lives and reap the emotional reward associated with being kind. Here’s a link to the article.

During the deep freeze this weekend, I’d encourage you all to spend some quality time with family, and if you have a spare moment, you can perhaps share these resources with your son.

Being grateful and being other-minded will not only help us beat the February “blahs,” but pursing these virtues will also help us grow in our character and lead us toward greater fulfillment in our lives.

Wishing you all a restful, enjoyable long weekend.

Thanks for reading,
Scott