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11/12/20

Value of the month - Thankfulness

You may have heard of the parents who became a little fed up with their son who seemed so unbelievably positive about everything.  They thought it rather unhealthy and so decided to play a trick on him. Along with some perfectly pleasant and longed for presents at Christmas time they decided to get a cardboard box and fill it with manure, and put wrapping paper over it.  Of course they left it at the bottom of the garden and brought it in during present opening time. Imagine their surprise when he promptly opened the box saw the manure, and exclaimed excitedly: “Wow, manure, that means there must be a pony somewhere in the garden!”

Now don’t try this at home as it is a story - I doubt there were actual parents that were so mean! But it illustrates our value of the month which is thankfulness.

We want to be a school that is thankful, and yes, even after the year we have all just had!

We may not be as consistently positive as the boy in the story, but all of us have an opportunity to choose to be thankful or not.  Now being thankful doesn’t always come easy for everyone.  So here are three top tips:

  • Emphasise the positive - Most of us have some good days and some bad days. And when we have bad days it’s not wrong to talk about why they are bad and to try and make them better in the future. Sometimes we aren’t well and need someone to care for us, perhaps with medical help to get better. But we can choose to think about somethings for which we can be thankful, rather than dwell on the less good things. What we say is so important. When someone asks you how you are, responding positively helps you to be thankful. If life is tough, you can say: ‘Well I’m facing a few challenges, but I’m grateful for ….’
  • Get your thinking straight - You can think of all that you don’t have, or all that you do have.
    Advertisers of course want you to think that you are the only one not to have something and that you are missing out. Did you know that if you looked at the average living standard of everyone around the world, you would probably figure in the top 10%? That’s something to be grateful for.
  • Look forward with hope - Maybe you can remember where you were when you heard that one of the vaccines against COVID-19 might be successful? We knew that the future would be brighter and freer if our bodies became able to fight the disease. Living with gratitude means we can look forward to the future with confidence because we expect that just as we can find things to be grateful for now, there will be good things waiting for us around the corner. So look forward to celebrating Christmas and hope for a happy and healthy 2021!                NP

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