We’ve taught them to read. To write. To solve mathematical equations.
Let us teach them a little bit of grit.

GRIT = Passion and perseverance for a very long-term goal

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For Kids

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The Spirit of Gratitude

The Spirit of Gratitude

Take a minute!


Once again, the holiday season is pushing down upon us from every which way… the relentless commercials, crowded parking lots, music being piped through speakers, extensive lists, and twinkly lights sprouting up around town. We’re anxiously awaiting the first measurable snowfall here in New Hampshire. The sum of all these ingredients can manifest a sense of frenzied anticipation. The nature of the season can breed a crazy sense of obligation, and sometimes when all is said and done and the holiday is over, we’re not even sure what hit us.

In the spirit of the prior holiday of Thanksgiving, I’m suggesting we carry over the sense of gratitude. (That’s often how I explain why the fourth Thursday of November is my favorite holiday – it’s all about being thankful without the stress or perceived expectation of December 25th, or Hanukah.) Just like opening an advent calendar window every day, I’m vowing to consciously stop, be present, and cognizant of something or someone I’m lucky to have in my life, then express it. After all, “silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.,” (G.B. Stern) and is perhaps one of the most valuable virtues of all. Maybe you’ll choose to join me!