This week, my mood was instantly changed by hanging out with my students, students asking for my help or students sharing funny things we me, everyone. The power of positive relationships is real. Every once in a while, I set new goals for myself, and one of my newest goals, is keeping up with my relationships. In my day to day busy schedule, I can easily leave my relationships last, I don’t want this in my life. From my mom, to my friends who are far away, I’m making sure to keep in touch. I’ve been calling my mom more often, and it makes me feel really good. This is an effort that makes a significance difference in my life.
Positive relationship are not always perfect, and that’s OK, please remember that! A positive relationship is one where you can disagree, even fight, but you can explain your feelings and ask the other person to try to understand you, and you should always try to understand others. These kind of relationships need extra work, but are definitely the best kind, and I’m lucky and grateful to have wonderful friends and people around me.
I’m also grateful I can teach my students about positive relationships. Hopefully I can teach you how to have them, keep them and I can show you examples of these relationships at school. Remember, when it comes to relationships (and a lot of other things) hard work pays off.
Have a great weekend!
Ms. Gaby Di Muro
Good morning everyone,
This week I noticed that It’s way too easy to see only darkness, even if there’s only one tiny cloud above us. Our problems can take the best of us, without us even noticing, but gratitude, it makes you notice, it makes you realize that there’s a lot more than the cloud above your head, it makes you realize that your cloud, like every cloud in the world, won’t be there forever.
Right now, I have to fight a cloud. I read a commencement speech yesterday, “This is water” by David Foster Wallace. It helped me realize that there are a bunch of tiny things happening around me, that deserve my attention, way more than the cloud. I take this quote with me: “The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom”
I’m grateful I have to many people I can take care of, so many of you I can give me time to. Taking care of others helps me take care of myself, and that is my way to real freedom.
I hope everyone has a great week, fight your cloud, notice the little things, be brave enough to care.
Ms. Gaby Di Muro
This week, the Student Council participated in the Leadership Camp. I had to prepare a presentation about leadership and I want to share it here:
Leadership is about caring. Someone who is brave enough to care, is a leader for me. Someone who cares about others and is willing to listen to their concerns, someone who cares about the greater good of the community they live in, someone who cares enough to see opportunities for improvement and take time, effort and energy from themselves to make something about it.
I said this to our STUCO group last year, after I got feedback from a student who told me “this year I feel like STUCO actually cares” My advice at the end of the year? Never stop caring, the world needs more people who care.
“It is not fair to ask of others, what you are not willing to do yourself” Eleanor Roosevelt. If we care about ourselves, about our community, about others, hopefully, we will do something about it. Caring leads to action. Action leads to example, and there’s no better way to describe a leader that someone who sets an example. An example of values, and example of being there, of being prepared.
Have a great weekend, leaders and future leaders.
Ms. Di Muro
This gratitude journal is actually a homework. I know, I know, we are not grading homework (but you should still do it) but hear me out. This homework can change your life, or at least the way you feel, in just a couple of minutes. This homework is one we often forget to do, but that is more important than math and science homework. This homework doesn’t really have a grade, because you can never fail it. My homework this weekend was to spend time with my family, and that is the homework I want you to remember. No phones, no fights, just enjoy the company of your loved ones, because sooner than later, you won’t be able to be with them every day, and it sucks.
Say I love you, say thank you, and notice how you feel. Be grateful for the wonderful family you have.
Ms. Gaby Di Muro