Though Summer break wasn't long enough, we were all ready for the stability a schedule provides and the fun and exciting things that take place at school.
In my scriptures I keep a quote from Nelson Mandella. I have read it often over the years and have always loved it. When I saw it back in June, I knew that this was the quote I would use, the word for our year coming from it.
I knew what word to use. So many good ones in that quote, but one in particular stood out...one that I have always loved. BRILLIANT.
To be brilliant is to be full of light. To be a light to others. Be a shining example of how to be when interacting with peers and teachers.
To be brilliant is to be splendid and bright to all those around you. To not be afraid to stand out and share your talents with others, and also your weaknesses so people can see they are not alone in their struggles.
To be brilliant is to be a light for those who need it, by first embracing yourself, recognizing your talents and abilities and not "play small".
To be brilliant is to shine in all things...trying your hardest in school work, and never doing less than your best.
I want my kids to know that they need to be proud of their talents. Be proud of who they are and embrace everything about themselves. We aren't helping anyone by hiding our brilliance.
We are only 3 days into this new school year and already we've used the word "Brilliant" multiple times with the kids. Hearing it so often and having it said every morning has also helped me remember to do the same in my daily living.
I always have high hopes that doing this tradition with my little family will help them when they are away from me. I love being a mom. I love that in my attempts to teach my children values and lessons I'm usually the one that learns the most.
Go on...get your shine on...and BE BRILLIANT.