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April 19, 2019

posted Apr 29, 2019, 6:16 AM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Vacation is finally here! We had a great morning as a whole school walking down to New Hampton School to celebrate the ending of our One Book-One School, recognizing our term 2 solid attendance students, and honoring Colin and his family for their sacrifices as an active military family. 

I am reading Oprah’s new book, The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose. I am somewhat disappointed in the book. The book contains colorful pictures on each page and then there are small pieces of conversations she has had with various people on different topics. Although she names the individuals, there is not a brief biography of the person, so for most of them, I have no idea who they are. If I knew a little more about the person, I feel I could have a stronger connection with their thoughts and ideas.

In the chapter called The Clouds, there are two different thoughts that made me ponder and reflect.
  • Iyanla Vanzant who is an American inspirational speaker, lawyer, New Thought spiritual teacher, author, and life coach and television personality shared this conversation with Oprah:
  • IV: “I am not fighting the world. I’m fighting that part of me that says, You can’t do that. Don’t do that. And there’s a part of me that says, Come on, we’re going to do this. And then there is the other part says, Don’t you remember what happened last time? Oh, you’re going to do that. You can’t do that. It’s in me. That is where the real battle is.
  • OW: And why? Because we’re afraid?
  • IV: Because we get to control it. We say, I know how to be broke, and poor and struggle and suffer and be angry. I know how to do that. But when it comes to being open and vulnerable—because the core ingredient of trust is vulnerability—that’s unfamiliar. The real issue is trusting yourself. But then again, that means that you got to be willing sometimes to stand alone. You’ve got to be willing to look different. Sound different. And those are risks that many of us are not willing to take.
  • Joel Osteen is an American pastor, televangelist, and author, based in Houston, Texas.
  • Joel was talking about how he stepped in and became the pastor at his dad’s church. For the first few months, he tried to do everything like his dad because he felt that was what everybody expected of him. However, he realized “Joel, your dad fulfilled his purpose. Go be you.
These two examples had me reflecting on—am I fulfilling my own purpose and am I being the true reflection on who I want to be and not from the thoughts and perceptions of others. Since it is a quick read, I will finish the book. I hope to get at least a few more thoughts to ponder and reflect.

Have a great weekend and enjoy your vacation!
-Ann
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