January 3rd 2018 Hope and Optimism

It’s 2018 and I’m embarking on a new adventure.  It’s reawakening my blog with the addition of an audio file.  Please check it out and let me know what you think.  Below is the transcript of the recording.

Hi, this is Sean McCormick, principal at WSSB and you are listening to my audio blogcast for the week of January 3rd, 2018.  Yes, it’s the middle of the week, but for us it’s a short week for us.  Happy New Year everybody.  So, hope and optimism is something I’ll be talking to you about in this blogcast.   And, this is something that I really value and think it’s one of the core elements how we grow, look ahead, learn, and so forth.

There’s a lot to love about the New Year. Even if the school year doesn’t line up with the calendar, it provides an excellent opportunity to return to learning with a bit more fire in your step. For me, it’s invigorating to be more courageous with each day, take risks with new challenges, and allow my heart to lead the way. It feels good to have a chance to start over, even when you’re still getting older. It’s kind of like finding a favorite record (or song) that you haven’t heard in long while, or putting on a favorite t-shirt that was stuffed in the back of the dresser drawer.

Having something in your heart that you can look forward to and lean into each day is called hope. It’s not always easy to be hopeful in every situation, but the choice to be optimistic is always available. Optimism is like M&M sized moments of hope. The more you have, the more you can share. I hope you choose optimism in your day and share those moments with your friends, family, teachers, and people in your life. It’s a new year for new challenges and choices.

Will you choose optimism? Thanks for listening (reading) and happy New Year!