Monday, December 1, 2014


7 YEARS ~ Thank You for Saving Star Fish!

To: My Co-workers, 

Seven years ago today A Community in Motion had it's Federal ID and I had just received official confirmation that it was a recognized practice by the State of New Hampshire. 

In some ways, it feels like yesterday... and, of course, in others... like a life-time ago!! 

In our line of work, we are often told that we shouldn't take things too personally. The truth is, our work couldn't be more personal. We spend our days searching for ways to improve the quality and the state of being human. Did you know that in the Merriam Webster "the quality and state of being human" is listed as the first definition for humanity?

I honestly couldn't imagine working any other way. I'm so glad you chose to join me in ignoring those who would urge us to be somehow sterile in our effort. I was and continue to be blessed with each of you and the warmth of the gifts you bring. Your students, their parents and a myriad of school staffers are fortunate to have you. 

Please accept my sincere gratitude. 

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to be reminded of a story that I'm going to post a link for here. You've probably read it but please... READ IT AGAIN:) You're all busy but I promise it's short and worth it even if it simply serves as a reminder:

I know it can be a challenge remembering that what you do changes lives. I know remembering can be hard because I'm here too. My constitution is often strained and I fumble through the bureaucracy, sometimes feeling quite overwhelmed. Sometimes, I feel like my contributions are futile. I get it. I really do. 

I know YOU make a difference.  We all make a difference as individuals and as a collaborative body. If you ever doubt that, just ask me to tell you how I know it to be true. I have a "starfish" story about each and every one of you that proves it (even one about John and he's only been here a few months...). 

with my Highest and Most Assertive Regard, 

"To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity." ~Douglas Adams 

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