It’s hard to believe that we are in Week 6 with less than 20 days of school left. It is that busy time of year when teachers are assessing, report cards are being written, presentations organised for Speech Night, Graduation preparations are in full swing and everything seems to be a blur. It’s always good to take a moment and breathe. I recently read a book The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath. In the book they delve into the many moments in our lives that are endlessly variable, however; our most memorable moments are dominated by four elements:
- Elevation. (1) Boost sensory appeal; (2) Raise the stakes; (3) Break the script
- Insight. (1) Trip over the truth; (2) Stretch for insight
- Pride. (1) Recognize others; (2) Multiply milestones; (3) Practice courage
- Connection. (1) Create shared meaning; (2) Deepen ties; (3) Make moments matter
Defining moments possess at least one of the four elements above, but they need not have all four. Some powerful defining moments contain all four elements.
Last Friday night was that of the OLSH Christmas Fete. What an evening to be a part of. It had it all. From the great food, gifts, rides, plants and even some entertainment. This is one of the pinnacle events of our school year, a defining moment you could say. It definitely shared in the elements of Pride and Connection. It was fabulous to see the smiles of the children faces as they played on the rides, but most of all their abundance of pride as they took to the dance floor and danced the Heel n’ Toe Polka and the Two Step Jive! It was also wonderful to see the enjoyment the parents and families had when the boys and girls got them to join in! The pride of parents as they watched their children dance like they have never before. Not only that, but the night shared in the element of connection. The evening wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the tremendous efforts of our parish members, our amazing teachers and the fantastic parents who gave up their time to work on stalls, serve food, sell tickets or just help out where they could. Without knowing, we deepened ties between us, we had a shared meaning and we made the moment matter. So, a massive thank you from all here at OLSH for making it the night a defining moment.
This is not the only defining moment that is around the corner. We still have Speech night and Graduation to come as we round out the year. In preparation for these coming events, how will it be a defining moment for you? How can we add elevation, insight, pride or connection? Let’s make it a memorable moment..