Posts Tagged ‘note’
I can’t believe I’m writing the December issue. Is it just me, or where did this year go? Nonetheless, I’m excited for this month and the holiday season—bring on the baked goods! Our theme this month is REFLECTION, and taking time to look back at 2011 with wisdom and experience. Ask yourself, what have I learned? How have I grown? What am I going to change moving into 2012? We can’t stay stagnant and keep plugging along with the status quo. No, we need to make an effort to change our personal environment—and one thing is for sure, your attitude will be the deciding factor in your quality of life, the environment you occupy, and the amount of happiness you bring to your life, regardless of external factors. I can honestly say that I’m blessed, and every day I make an effort to find joy in that day, and with the people who surround me. I challenge you with a task this month—limit your complaints and speak words of encouragement, for yourself and others.
Back-to-School! I love the sound of that phrase. To me, it means a few things: The kids are going back to school; the phrase, “Mom, I’m bored,” will be gone; and more importantly, it’s time to get those brains pumped full of new and exciting knowledge!
I’m blessed to say that education runs thick in my family – from my father, a retired professor from ASU; to my mother-in-law, an elementary school teacher for over 30 years; and myself, a former professor. My family has a motto: “There is always an opportunity to learn, and to teach.” I’ve grown up with, and taken to heart, one of my father’s favorite phrases: “You can learn something from anyone.” Think about it – someone you interacted with today knows something you don’t! As the Editor-in-Chief, it is so exciting to talk to and learn something new from people living and working in the world of sustainability.
This month is dedicated to teachers, who devote their hearts and minds to bettering students. It’s not easy, at any level, to make an impact with a student, and despite budget cuts and the pressure to teach to AIMS tests, teachers around our state are integrating environmental education into their lesson plans and exposing our children to the wonders of our Earth. From gardens to geology, teachers do it because they are passionate. They understand that if we want to work together to create a sustainable world, we have to start with the children. Thank you, teachers, for all you do.