It’s the end of the year 2008, another year passes by, seems just yesterday the year began. It’s that time of the year when I love to sit down and look back in time at the year that just flew away.
The year 2008 has in all aspects been a very memorable year for us at Mentor. We have established ourselves firmly as a quality publication for school leaders in India. We have been very successful in bringing educators from across the world together on a common platform with a focused goal to bring about a positive change in educational space. We have searched the length and breath of this country to recognise educators, educational initiatives, innovative ideas, creative and meaningful practices.
The love and appreciation we got from all of you is truly encouraging and has kept us going through tough times. This puts a lot of responsibility on us to perform better in the coming year and it reinforces our commitment to brining about a change.
I am sure most of you have great plans for the new-year. Let me read your mind, most of your energy next year will be invested in achieving organisational goals. Of the remaining energy your family needs a fair share to ensure your personal life is in order. Social commitments will take away whatever is remaining as part of your energies for the coming year. Overall you would like to believe that this is a great plan for your new year. Look closely you have missed out Yourself in your plan. I believe that topping your agenda for the coming year should be your health and learning.
“Be the change you want to see” – Mahatma Gandhi
As leaders you have to set an example for your teachers and students to follow, not just in the way you work but in the way you live life.
A regular exercise/sport regime should be a part of your life. Personally, the time I spend in exercise not only helps me keep fit and get rid of stress, it gives me time to talk to myself, plan my day and my actions. It charges me up for the day.
The other agenda you need to set for yourself is a good holiday and relaxing breaks. I have often heard principals saying very proudly that they are the ones who do not take a holiday. I find that very pitiful, not because you have too much work load, but because you have not planned to take a break. With the kind of pressures that your work give yourself a break for atleast 2 weeks, once or twice a year. Go visit that friend who has been calling you from ages, go see that place you always wanted, go take a break you need it and deserve it.
I take this opportunity to present to you our new-year gift a unique year planner. Have a close look at it and you will notice that we have integrated some very meaningful milestones as part of your year.
Mentor wishes you a healthy & stressful year 2009!