Every year about this time, I am once again amazed at how quickly the fall season flies by. Only a few weeks ago, we said goodbye to daylight saving time and ushered in longer nights, hot tea and woolen sweaters. Now, many of you are beginning your preparations for final exams, coordinating end-of-semester celebrations or planning for our fall commencement in December.
This week, as we approach our Thanksgiving break, I encourage you to find some time to slow down a bit and relax. Give yourself a few hours away from your responsibilities or assignments. When you return to them, you will find yourself more able to manage the tasks ahead.
I hope this holiday break also gives you space to recognize with gratitude the compassion, friendship and kindness that have made a difference to you. Think about the moments where you have helped someone, given generously of your time and energy, or supported someone to overcome challenges.
Our CSU Acting Chief of Police Beverly Pettrey shares this beautiful message in her email signature. I believe it is wise advice for all of us this Thanksgiving week:
Never forget the blessing you are to others...and never take for granted the blessing others are to you.
I wish you a restful and enjoyable break.