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Opinion / Staff Leadership and Management

Back-to-School: Pencils and Possibilities

I love pencils. Freshly sharpened, classic #2 pencils.

I love the smell of a freshly-sharpened pencil. I love the way a sharp pencil feels on a thick, new notebook. I love the way you can erase away anything you don’t like with a pencil. I love the way pencils will smudge my fingers. I love the eraser dust that fills the page.

Fresh pencils also bring with them all of the feelings of back-to-school.

Here in Indiana, the dawn of a new school year is already upon us:  School buses are shining in the August sun, kids are fresh pressed in their back-to-school outfits, stores are filled with school supplies. I have to resist the urge to gobble up all the pencils, glue sticks, notebooks, and highlighters gleaming in storefront windows… to me, back-to-school time screams “Fresh Start!”

As a kid, I always loved back-to-school time. For all of the above-mentioned back-to-school supplies and back-to-school outfits (I still remember with love a pair of pin-striped blue jeans from elementary school), and also for all the possibilities that lie ahead. A whole school year,  at the ready. New classes, new teachers, perhaps a new hallway or a new locker. New friends?  Maybe.

Possibilities. What would I be?  What would I do?  What would happen?

For me, back-to-school time exemplifies the chance to begin again,  even more than the ringing in of a new year.

As kids, we are given a literal reset button each August or September when we collect all those fresh pencils, papers, and pin-striped blue jeans and climb back on that bus. As adults, though, we have to remember that we can do that too – re-set our own reset buttons, start anew.

So, it’s fresh start time. Why not get a gloriously freshly sharpened pencil and a new notebook and think about what possibilities the fresh start just might usher in for you.

What are the possibilities that lie ahead?  

For breakfast today I had coffee and some fluoride from the dentist.

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Throughout the month of August, watch for a series of ‘back to school blogs’. We hope you are inspired and find great tips for yourself and your staff. This blog was originally posted on the Leadership Programs website

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