Kermit Says: Motivational Monday

 

Wow! Is this really the last week of October? Where did it all go and why did it go so quickly? It seems like when I was younger, every day moved so slowly. I thought I’d never reach adulthood, and here I am in my late twenties wishing things would slow down, appreciating every single moment, relishing it as if it were my last. The sad thing is that for so many people, these sweet and precious little moments are few and far in between.

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Kermit Says: Refuel Your (Metaphorical) Tank

Every Sunday night, my high school principal sends a beautifully crafted email of encouragement and wisdom to the faculty. Of course there’s pertinent information as well, mostly updates and important dates to remember, but at the heart of her messages are words of inspiration—and this week’s was no different. Just three days ago, I received an email that reminded my colleagues and me of the importance of self-care. We’re one week shy of midterms (insane!!!), and finally halfway through the longest term of the school year. Faculty members have been trucking away like trains on a track, turning our wheels faster and faster, not breaking, not stopping, and not resting since we started orientation and planning week in August. We’re exhausted, sleep-deprived, dehydrated, famished, and probably a hop, skip, and a jump away from falling ill or quitting (whichever comes first, right?). We’re turning into zombies and pod-people—tiny shells of our previous existence. Okay, okay…maybe I’m being a bit dramatic here, but when we stop and take a moment to breathe and reflect deeply, we can start to see and feel what we’ve often been ignoring. And as I sit and consider my own thoughts and feelings, I can’t help but think about yours: how do the students feel?

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Kermit Says: Live

I recently had the pleasure of serving as the dorm head for a high school reunion for the class of 1954. Upon hearing that this particular class would be celebrating their 60th high school reunion (*applause*), I just knew this would be a piece of cake because they’d be quiet, neat, and in bed by 8:00pm. Boy was I wrong! From the moment I met my residents, I knew my ageist perception of this group was so far from right. In fact, they are quite possibly the most lively and rambunctious group of people I’ve ever met! Here, I realized that Aaliyah (rest in paradise) was right when she sang age ain’t nothin’ but a number. Whether you’re 10 months, 20 years, or 100 years old, remember to live life without fear, without inhibitions, and with passion.

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