Torns, Roses, and our 137 Days Together
To my most loved and wonderful scholars! After spending 137 school days with each other in our physical classroom (second home), we have to think optimistically and strategically about our time together through distance learning. You are WELL PREPARED for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. All of you have been given the character development traits to get through this temporary time of difficulty in world history. In my class, you have heard the stories of how people have endured history's most arduous afflictions and terrible hardships. I have told you story after story of the real-world applications of victorious individuals who met their challenges head-on and surprised the world by their perseverance, determination, and grit! From courage to resilience and all the other traits that we have discussed, you now have the awesome opportunity and responsibility to SHINE IN THE DARKNESS. I believe in every single one of you! You know my heart for you...you have seen it in my tears, tenderness, and toughness toward each of you. You know how much I love you and want to see you maximize your education and be the very best that you can be. You will always and forever be my kids!
Think about this: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, once said:
"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
Take a moment to reflect upon this incredible quote. How can you apply these words to your life through a growth mindset during this period of world history? Think optimistically and realistically! Look for ways to see the good (and benefits) in every bad situation that comes your way. Embrace your opportunities and face the various challenges that come your way. As I have said in class many times before, "Take the lemons and the make lemonade". I hope that you will rise up and show the world around you what you have been taught over the past 137 academic days that we had together. Be kind and gracious with others; reach out and perform acts of service to those who need you most. Look for ways to be "flowers of light in a field of darkness". You will always be my roses. We will press on and move forward together. Know that I am here, as always, cheering you on! --Mr. Smith