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15 November 2019

posted 14 Nov 2019, 15:13 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 14 Nov 2019, 15:13 by Stephanie Williams ]
This evening is a humongous (a favourite adjective of many of our darlings!) thanks from the Board of Trustees - Andy, Tiso, Pam, Michelle, Erica, Suzanne, Steph and myself - for all of your thought, care and help over the year. We hold this event annually just after the biggest community fundraiser of the year - the Fair...... AND it's an acknowledgement for all of the many ways our whānau has contributed all year.
  • Chocolate Fish in Shelly Bay - Friday 15 November, 5pm - 6.30pm
OK, let's talk about the Fair. Why not!? 

For those of you who regularly read my speels, or if you have attended one of the Positive Education Parents Workshops over the years, I'm sure you will have picked up on some threads. Things don't always go in a straight line from A to B. 'Stuff' happens and it's what we do when 'stuff' happens that makes the difference. What I witnessed pre-Fair on Sunday morning was a brilliant example of community resilience, of people utilising their strengths and skills to come out with a great result. 

The other day I was privy to a  drama lesson (a planned, deliberate one!) and it was all about the glass being half full or half empty. The combined effort of our community showed total glass half full thinking. This caused me to  reflect on Prof. Marty Seligman's work on Learned Optimism. In a nutshell - our perception of events - as either optimistic or pessimistic - isn't hard-wired as once was thought. His studies reveal that optimism is indeed something we can learn - just like pessimism. It's a science. Minds can be changed and you can reap the benefits of better physical, social, emotional health. Please don't get me wrong - I'm not talking about the naive 'everything smells like roses' - it's the grounded in reality type of optimism! 
(If you are interested: Look up his book titled Learned Optimism.)  

Forget the rain, let's focus on what we can control and or influence. We can be so proud of the way we, the community, the 'hood', came together and displayed Appreciation, Collaboration, Perspective, Leadership, Humour, Teamwork, Social Intelligence, Judgment ........ et. al. All Character Strengths accounted for!

He waka eke noa!! We are all in this together!

See you this evening to celebrate.