The start of a new year always brings with it an innate sense of hope and optimism. The slate is clean and on it, you can write your own story, whatever you’d like that story to be. Is there something new that you’d like to try in your leadership classrooms? Is there a new theory you would like to explore? A new collaboration to enter into? There is no time like the present!
The new year is also a time to dream. I was reminded of that this evening as I helped my 1st grader with her homework- a writing assignment titled “What I Want to Be When I Grow Up.” There are no limits to what her mind can dream and where she wants to go as she grows and that was an amazing thing to watch. I wish I could bottle that feeling and give it to all of my students and colleagues when we all “hit the wall” throughout the year. We don’t dream enough. We put limits on ourselves for all sort of reasons. We forget to live in optimism.
This year, I wish for all of you the opportunities to try new things, enter into new partnerships, and dream big dreams. JOLE will be here to help you share what you discover with your colleagues so that we can all become better and build our toolkits. May 2015 be our best year yet!
Jackie Bruce, Editor