September....NEW YEAR

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience
to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience
Eleanor Roosevelt--diplomat & reformer (1884 - 1962)

For me, the beginning of September feels like "the new year". Perhaps this is a vestige from my school days when the anticipation of new notebooks, sharpened pencils and the carefully selected first day of school outfit loomed large in my life. I love the way September days seem bright with promise, even though nothing except the calendar page has changed. Do you also feel this way? Why not embrace this month of September as an eager learner again? As lifelong learners we can learn to observe the fear that accompanies any change, while also relishing in the fact that we are never too old to challenge ourselves with new ideas, dreams and goals. I invite you to take this opportunity to sharpen a new pencil or two, take out a fresh piece of notebook paper, and write down at least one new thing you will try during this "new year" that you have never tried before...I promise there will be no pop quizzes or graded exams this time around!

Enjoy the anticipation,