After a nice break over Christmas, dancers and artists are getting back into the groove. Perhaps muscles are a bit more sore than usual!
Beginning a new year in the middle of the dance/school year makes for a time of reflection and time of setting new intentions and goals.
For students, what has been special about this year so far? What has been life-giving? What has been a struggle? Are you still trying your best or have you given up in any of your classes? Is there anything you need to talk to your teacher about? Ask your teacher? What do you want to work on? How will you stay motivated?
For parents, what positive things are you seeing in your children's experience at Masterworks? How are they growing? In confidence? Skill? Artistry? Strength? Do you sense an enjoyment and excitement from your kids? Are they struggling or frustrated? Have you met their teachers? Are you feeling connected to or separated from your kids' experience? Are you succeeding at getting them there on time and prepared or is that a struggle? Is there anything you need to talk to Masterworks or a teacher about?
Take some time to reflect. Then, take a few moments for gratitude. Maybe you'd like to turn it into prayer to God, or an expression of appreciation to a teacher or the studio as a whole. Where you'd like to see change, make a plan. Then take the first step!
The start of a New Year, even if it's in the middle of the learning year, is a gift. For it helps us turn our thoughts inward and forward, so we can make the most of what we're learning.
May "mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance"* in 2016. Happy New Year!
* Jude 1:2 (NIV)