January 9, 2017
Happy New Year!
“God has brought you into a holy place, his own house, where he brings together those he has chosen to belong to him.”
This line from De La Salle’s meditation on the Feast of the Epiphany can provide us some perspective, and perhaps inspiration, as we begin a new year. My wish for all CBS families this new year is the joy and happiness that comes from a life focused on and meaningfully centered around Jesus Christ. I read recently in an article that up to 85% of all new year’s resolutions contain language regarding the pursuit of happiness throughout the new year. The author of the article argues that instead of pursuing happiness in our lives we should pursue meaning. A meaningful life leads to a happy life. The reverse is not always true, however.
Each of us, of course, finds meaning in life in a different manner. My prayer for you and your family is that you may be blessed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit to find the meaning in your life that leads to true happiness.
With the start of a new year and the search for meaning, often comes self-reflection. I personally find reflection to be an important part of my job and something that I do on a very regular basis. Taking a step back often helps me gain perspective. Exploring alternatives and options allows me to gain a better understanding of people and situations. Most importantly, it provides me with a deeper, more truthful picture of myself.
I suggested to the students when distributing report cards that the end of the 2nd quarter and the beginning of the 3rd quarter is a terrific time to do some self-reflecting. Take a look at those 2nd quarter grades. Compare them to the 1st quarter grades. What conclusions can be drawn? If they are improved, what was done differently to cause that? If they declined, what was done or not done to cause that? Create a plan for growth.
This process of self-reflection is critical to a better understanding of our strengths and weaknesses. It creates an environment of honesty that is important to our development as children of God. It creates a sense of humility that makes us vulnerable in a very healthy way, opening our hearts to God’s plan for us. Have this conversation with your son and add self-reflection to his ever-growing arsenal of skills as he grows into a young man and a Christian gentlemen.
May you and your family have a blessed new year!