“Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow . . .”

kwanzaaHappy Friday, All!

Yes, again, it gives me much pleasure to simply say: “Thank God It’s Friday”! … and by the way, thank YOU ALL for reading!

As another year comes to a close, I am noticing changes all around – in the weather, natural catastrophes, human errors and yes, in people’s hearts … When we look back on the year 2012, each of us may have “stories” to top each other regarding what we thought were the year’s “top stories” – so, take your pick. For me, my heart aches most for the mass attacks that took place … from the movie theatre in Colorado to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Of course, my heart continues to pain for the parents of Trayvon Martin who are fighting their son’s execution by a lone neighborhood vigilante, and, for the parents of Jordan Davis, another black teen, whose life was taken by “a traveling/fleeing assassin” who didn’t like loud “rap” music but parked next to the car at a convenience store anyway!

Have you ever wished for something … then got it … then realized that it wasn’t exactly what you “wanted” or “needed”? “Ha!”, as my friend Armond Hill of the Boston Celtics coaching staff might say. When we were kids and I was growing up in New York, Westchester County to be exact, we always wished for a “White Christmas”. Sometimes we got it … sometimes we didn’t! Do you think there were any kids wishing for snow this past Christmas?! Well, the nation has been being hit hard with probably one of the most devastating snowstorms seen here in a while. I mean, wasn’t it enough to have Hurricane Sandy put a damper on things rather recently, and, now many people are dealing with shoveling out, losses of energy/power, and just staying put in many cases to wait for it all to subside and hopefully get help in time?!

Have you found yourself complaining excessively lately, as if nothing in your OWN life pleases you? Are you being critical of everything and everyone except yourself lately? I know that this syndrome is like an abyss of sorts and can keep one there if one does not know how to get oneself out of such a mental mix. This is what we at Educational Excellence suggest: “Know Thyself”. It may take some time; yet, it is a worthy segment of this journey we share.

“Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


John I. Cook, Director

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