Dear Holy Trinity Families,
First and foremost, know of my continued thoughts and prayers, and please continue to reach out should I be of any assistance at email@example.com. It was so great to see most of you last week, even if for a short moment during a parade. It helped my heart! I want to wish you each a BLESSED summer. I am writing to share a short message for the HT Counselor Corner as we officially begin Summer.
This school year has not ended as anyone wanted and we are going through some unprecedented and tough times. As you have most likely heard me say (many times), life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond! The world over, we are hoping that we will emerge from this tough time in life somehow changed for the better. With how difficult this has all been, that could be hard to imagine perhaps but I do believe that we will learn lessons about what really matters and how better to do what matters most. We are concerned (and challenged) to make the best use of this tough time and bizarre opportunity to reconsider our lives, our priorities, our work, our teaching perhaps? Basically, in the midst of all the bad, what is some good? I have talked to many teachers, students and parents and have been so impressed by their insights, so many of which are focusing on counting their blessings, not their troubles (many times after going through some sadness and frustration but finding light on the other side). I have to challenge myself to do this daily as well -- I’m learning to emphasize what I do have rather than what I don’t. That sounds so cliché but so much research does suggest that this helps. "Expressing thanks may be one of the simplest ways to feel better," according to the Harvard Mental Health Letter. "Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack." I read recently that It’s always a good idea to count your blessings; it’s an even better idea to count them now in the midst of hardship and uncertainty. That makes sense! The research does indicate that doing so will lighten the burden and change your perspective. This is indeed a time of great trial but God is good. All the time. So my hope is that you find many blessings to count!
My next thought is this, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” this was a tenet of Mahatma Gandhi. I do believe that putting our faith into action is imperative and our Holy Trinity Parish School Community is a wonderful example! Love of neighbor is the fundamental evidence of our Faith. Jesus clearly stated in John 13:13: "By this, all will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another." In times of crisis, our genuine love for others is the light to a world darkened by problems. Little acts of kindness can make a big difference so that is my next challenge – that the kiddos do at least one act of kindness daily 😊 (I will challenge myself to do the same). This small act of kindness could be a note of thanks to someone (maybe the awesome teachers 😊), cleaning their room for Mom and Dad, helping with other chores, playing with a smaller sibling, calling a grandparent, etc.
I will share a story I read recently:
A teacher brought balloons to school and asked the children to blow them all up and then each write their name on their balloons. They tossed all of the balloons in the hall while the teacher mixed them from one end to the other. The teacher then gave them 5 minutes to find their balloons with their name on it. The children ran around, looking frantically but as the time ran out – nobody found their own balloon. Then the teacher told them to take the balloon closest to them and give it to the person whose name was on it. In less than 2 minutes everyone had their own balloon. Finally, the teacher said, “Balloons are like happiness. No one will find it looking for theirs ONLY. Instead, if everyone cares about each other’s they will find theirs as quickly as possible.” Kindness can help spread happiness.
I believe in the human spirit and that we will “get through this together.” I am hopeful that we will emerge united not only as a nation but globally, in overcoming this pandemic. Please continue to count your blessings and know of my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you all health, safety, and peace.
“Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence.” -St. John Paul II
Please see a few resources below:
Laura Probus, MSSW, C-SSW
Holy Trinity Parish School
423 Cherrywood Rd.
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 897-2785 ext. 150