The title of my final Cat Chat of the year may be leaving you scratching your head a bit, but allow me some latitude on this one. It would be horribly mundane to simply wish you a nice summer and move on from there; I’m going to ask you to reflect on your experiences of this year and embrace the struggles that you, hopefully, have had. The adage of with no struggle, there can be no growth is one that I subscribe to with as much gusto as I can muster at the end of May. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hoping that your year was miserable, but I do hope the challenges you encountered asked you to grow in unexpected ways.
So, what am I talking about when I say that I hope your year wasn’t a proverbial cakewalk? I hope you had an assignment that you struggled to wrap your mind around, a due date that you may have missed, a mix up that caused you to work to recover a bit, or a miscommunication that you had to resolve. Again, if your school year included these types of situations exclusively, then there is a larger problem at play, but if you ran into situations like these along the way from time to time then you were presented an opportunity to improve, did you take advantage of that?
Inherent in my message is the idea that you came out better on the other side. The point of having something challenge you is all about building your experiences dealing with the uncomfortable, honing your skills of working through a situation and finishing the year older, wiser, and relatively unscathed. Were you able to extract a lesson from the messes you may have found yourself in, or did your run away from it as fast as you could and simply hope it never happened again?
This past year has been an interesting one, to be sure. Take the summer to rest, recharge, and reflect. Safe travels to all of our Condit families that are aging out and moving on to middle school, and for everyone returning in the fall, prepare yourself to make it happen again in 2018-2019 @ConditES.