Superintendent’s Message, January 2016

I hope that your winter break provided an opportunity for a well-deserved rest. For many, the new year marks a new beginning for those who are planning either to make a change in their lives or circumstances. We label such decisions as new year’s resolutions. It is interesting to know that when used in the context of a new year’s resolution, by definition the word “resolution” means a firm decision to do or not do something.

Having made and broken many resolutions in the past, I find this definition to be very interesting. As I reflect on my broken resolutions, I recall that many were not resolutions (by definition) at all. In actuality, I now would classify those commitments as personal goals, such as losing weight, saving money, or taking a long trip. In retrospect, I now understand why these kind of commitments were the hardest to fulfill. A personal goal simply does not bind or commit you to make a specific or actionable change regarding something that you currently are doing or should be doing.

This year, take a second look at your new year’s resolutions and ask yourself, “Does this resolution commit me to make a firm decision to do or not do something? Does it change my actions in anyway?” If the answer is no, consider digging a little deeper. While losing 20 pounds is an important life change for the new year, committing yourself to checking your weight daily or restricting your daily sugar intake may be more tangible objectives to focus on first.

Enjoy yourselves, stay healthy, and let’s be there for our kids!!!

Note: You may access Dr. Parker’s Post-Entry Plan to the community, at About Dr. Parker.