Written by Ms. Berman
Change. Some fear it. Some fight it. Some challenge it. Some judge it. And some, such as myself, try to embrace it. I like to think of change as a new chapter, a part of growth, and that no matter how old we are, we should continue learning and improving our life's work. A student recently said to me that "all hell has broken loose at IS." This is how things may appear at the moment, as we await in anticipation of Mr. Ankeney securing his position as principal of our school. In a close-knit community such as IS, once one essential component is threatened, it throws the entire community off kilter. No one likes it when things are out of his/her control. With the eminent budget cuts, parents are anxious about losing the integrity of the programs at IS. Students are wondering how the upcoming year will be different in terms of school pairings, course selection, and class sizes. Teachers are questioning whether they can work any harder than they are already doing now. But it is important to remember that times such as these bring about self-reflection, as each person is thinking about what he/she values most and how their pivotal goals can be attained.
Taking the time to think, really think, about the roles that we play in life is critical in order to continue evolving as human beings. Sometimes the conclusions that we come to will surprise, disappoint, or alter other people's perception of us, but it is essential that we know what we want to achieve and how to go about doing so. And that brings me to pathways. I have often stated that there are many different pathways to get to the same place. As a wise colleague of mine once said, "there would be no need for maps of New York City if everyone took the same route to the same location." Not only do people need to take different paths, but they need to move at different paces. So when you find yourself on a path that doesn't feel as if you are going in the right direction or at the correct pace, you probably aren't. It is time to think about how you function best, and be open to taking an alternative route. These are patterns that are being established for the rest of your life. Although change can cause some angst, it can also allow for new opportunities. For it is often the very things that we fervently resist in life that bring us the most satisfaction in the end. Change. Try to embrace it.