The last two weeks of school are upon us. Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday these kids were walking through the doors. These final days are usually crazy busy with so many programs, assessments, awards, graduations, and more. In the hectic pace, it is easy to forget why we are here. As important as many of the other things are, they are not our driving force. Children are. We have a choice to use these last two weeks to focus on all of the things that are happening around us or to focus on our kids. In a few years, when we reflect back on this time, we will probably not remember the hectic pace, testing, and all of the other demands on our plates. Instead, we’ll remember the faces, voices, smiles, and joy of the little ones whose lives we’ve impacted.
This week, I’ll close with a question from Stoic philosophy. To paraphrase, “Will this (fill in the blank) affect my ability to live a fulfilled life?” Anything that does not get a “yes” is really not that important in the long run. As we approach these last two weeks, let’s focus on what is truly important and let the rest slide off, as it will all soon be forgotten.