"To amuse oneself in order that one may exert oneself, as Anacharsis puts it, seems right. We need relaxation because we cannot work continuously. Relaxation, then, is not an end; for it is taken for the sake of activity." ---Aristotle (from Nicomachean Ethics, Book X)
Believe it or not, Summer Break is upon us, arriving "officially" this Friday, June 10th.
The final days of the school year have passed us all in a blur, as we have finished the grading of our examinations, entered the last comment, and filed our notes and lesson plans neatly away in their respective holding spots.
This coming Thursday we will celebrate the completion of an incredible year here at Palmer Trinity School as we say "goodbye" to fellow colleagues who are on to new horizons, retiring or literally, moving to new cities...Yes, folks, the 2015-16 school year will soon be "in the books", and I, like many of you, must confess that a breather from the hectic routine is most welcome.
For many of you, planned vacations, excursions and activities abound. Some of you (including me) are chaperoning and leading our students on service excursions and independent studies abroad...Others are working on campus, serving in our summer camps. Many of you will be busy in your office, completing tasks and projects from this past year while also planning and organizing for the coming year.
In short, summertime can often be just as busy as the "normal" school routine, bringing with it the unexpected pressure to feel time is wasted if not engaged in a project, activity or event. As noted thinker and mystic, Manly Hall observes, "The most difficult thing to administer effectively is leisure."
Accordingly, while I certainly have a number of obligations here at School and have my own family plans to travel, I am genuinely committed to finding meaningful moments to "unplug", "disconnect" and simply "be".
Let me encourage you to do the same, if possible...
Just relax, okay...?!