When I awoke today, Thanksgiving morning, it didn't seem possible that it was that time of year again. But here we are, on this day when we look forward to a month of celebrations followed by 11 months of waiting for a month of celebrations...and so on, and so on.
One of our family traditions is putting up a real Christmas tree and leaving it up until the second week in January for a family birthday. And so it seemed to me today that we had just put that dried old evergreen on top of the Jeep and took it to the recycling facility - and vacuumed the pine needles out of the carpet. This year, we don't have to drive to recycling after Christmas because we'll buy a live, balled tree and plant it in the big hole in our hedgerow where we lost a 40 foot pine to our Superstorm last month.
Probably about now, you are wondering what any of this has to do with training and with our chapter. For those of you who teach, you know that these kinds of tales go somewhere and circle back to your point.
This message is the message of hope - that all things come around, and then come around again. And that it is a time for renewal. The holiday season is a springtime of the spirit. When we are refreshed with a holiday break from work and get-togethers with our friends, family and coworkers, we head into January ready to continue the journey. In the midst of the winter sleeping, the spirit is bubbling under the surface in anticipation of the spring.
Our Eastern PA Board of Directors wishes you a peaceful season of renewal and hope. Please join us for our annual Holiday meeting to be held this year at DeSales University Conference Center in Center Valley. See the link on our Events page to register for this special event. We gather as colleagues, we support each other in learning and in teaching each other, then take those gifts to our students. So come and refresh with your colleagues, who are in spirit also your friends.
Joy To The World,