May 10, 2013
The Palo Alto Community At Its Best
This morning I attended one of my favorite events of the year - The Palo Alto Council of PTAs Honorary Service Awards Breakfast. By again honoring a wide range of students' curricular and extra-curricular programs, staff members, community organizations and other special people, our PTA provides a forum to celebrate the rich fabric of our community and its extraordinary devotion to our young people's welfare.
This is Mental Health Awareness month. Research suggests that our health improves when we engage in service to others and give thanks. As Susan Usman, PTA Council Executive Vice President pointed out, it also comes from celebrating what we have, not thinking about what we could or might have. I am going to join her and try to look at how green my grass is, instead of peering across the fence.
In a world filled with challenges and seemingly intractable problems, I have days where I struggle to find much that is positive. But I am at my best, and perhaps on my way to better health, when I remember what the great optimist G. K. Chesterton wrote, "Thanks are the highest form of thought, and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
As we enter the last few weeks of the school year, I am grateful for the countless special people who so selflessly enrich our students' experiences and for the promise that lies, particularly, in our students.
Kevin Skelly, Ph.D.,