A Message from Nancy Rosenow, Exchange Publisher, on behalf of the whole Exchange Team:
Monday morning brings us another chance to choose how we will greet the week. Will we let fear control us, or will we move forward in a spirit of love and acceptance? Our Exchange team has been talking a lot about this question. We realize that while we may not have a choice about what’s happening around us with COVID-19, we do have a choice about how we will react.
What does it mean to choose love instead of fear? Love in the broadest sense encompasses unconditional positive regard for others and a desire to be of service in the world. It helps us transcend our personal concerns to focus on the greater good.
When I wrote the book, Heart-Centered Teaching Inspired by Nature, I had no idea that a few years later the thoughts in the book would be intensely tested. Here’s one passage:
“How do we weather ‘storms’ in our lives, and what might we gain from them? Nature uses storms to promote strength. Trees develop sturdy trunks and branches as they weather high winds, pounding rain and heavy snow. Young saplings that stay tied to stakes too long do not develop strong trunks and may easily break in even moderate winds. It’s the struggle during the storm that helps a young tree develop resilience. And so it is with human beings, for we too are a part of nature.”
When I re-read these words I had to ask myself if I still believe them. After some soul searching I can honestly say I do. This really challenging time is calling us all to become stronger, more resilient versions of ourselves. And I believe one way that leads to resilience is moving away from fear to consciously ask, “what is something I can do to add more loving energy to the world today?”
Thank you early childhood community for being a positive force in our world. Your love and resilience can do more good during this trying time than you may realize.
Please take good care,
Inspired by Nature
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Nice Article, Thank you for sharing with us.
Children are watching us and how we are handling things. We must be our best to increase their resilience as well as ours. Must take care of me first..
wonderful and thank you for sharing. Looking forward to next clip.
You git the nail on the head when you said that although life brings trials we have choices in how we react to our problems and challenges. Anyone who has suffered a loss or has gone through a catastrophic illness knows this verywell. Losing a seven year old son in a bike accident changed my life. I could have hid under my covers and retreated from life, but i decided to use my personal tragedy to help others. At the time when bicycle helmets were not popular, I started a campaign to educate and advocate for theused of helmets to save lives. Not too many years afte the inception of my program, a lawwas passed in NJ that mandated helmets for children 16 and under. Now, over 30 years later, I am still on a mission to save lives with helmets. Now, I live in Florida and my program Head Smart , education for children and their parents, will begin again when it is safe to congregate.
We all face challenges . We all have choices. Let's continue to make the right ones. It feels good and our actions make the world a happier place