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Amy's Reflections

August 24, 2017

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” - Charles Darwin

Just like many of your households, we have a lot of excitement and energy this week as the kids head back to school. They are excited to meet their teachers and see which friends ended up in their classes. Although they are sad to see summer break end, they are excited to get back to school. I know that each new school year comes with a certain amount of nervous energy for my kids. Being dyslexic and struggling with reading and writing can be pretty intimidating, especially when faced with a new teacher. We always discuss dyslexia at the first conference, and the school has been wonderful to work with on accommodations. So, it always warms my heart when they approach a new year with an attitude of enthusiasm. 

When is the last time that you had that excited nervous energy about a coming change or a new adventure? You have a great opportunity this weekend and next week to look at the EPIC upgrade with enthusiasm and optimism versus dread and despair. Every new program, process, or adventure is going to come with bumps in the road. The challenge you face is choosing how you want to travel the path. Do you want to face it with enthusiasm and excitement, embracing what is on the horizon, or hunkered down, holding on desperately to the comfortable and the known, fighting the change the whole way? Just like the rest of you, I appreciate the comfort of the known versus the scary unknown. However, in my experience, fighting the change never prevents it from coming. So this week, I am working hard on choosing my attitude. I am personally channeling my fearless warrior and stepping out of my comfort zone. What do you choose?

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” —John F. Kennedy


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