As we approach the end of the first month of 2016, I am reflecting on how grateful I am to have a job that I love. It is exciting to work every day to build the leadership potential of girls, to inspire them to dream big and go after their dreams. It is exciting to see our girls and our organization grow.
As we head into an exciting February, I am reminded of my favorite emotion: love. I think about all of the love I see every day, especially the strong bonds of love in friendship. I am reminded on a daily basis of the love our girls, volunteers, supporters, and staff have for Girl Scouts. It is incredible. I see this commitment and love through the little things we do each day.
Last week, I participated in my daughter’s Brownie troop meeting. It was so fun to watch them creatively use their problem solving skills as a team and present their ideas with confidence. What inspired me most was the ability to have confidence and courage comes from the safety they feel from the strong bonds of friendship they have formed and the love they feel from the troop leaders. It is a supportive space for them to explore and discover themselves. This is all built on friendship and love.
This drawing was made by my daughter because she knows love is my favorite emotion.
As we clasped hands at the end of the meeting in a friendship circle and sang a song, I felt so much support and comfort that our girls have this incredible, loving place each week to grow, learn, and have fun.
Fostering love and friendship is all about the little things. At each troop meeting, there are many opportunities to embrace the little things:
Reciting the Girl Scout law – reminding ourselves why we are committed to this movement
Spending time with our friends while learning new things
Celebrating our achievements earning badges
Singing Girl Scout songs
Holding hands during our friendship circle
There is so much opportunity in each of our days to love abundantly and celebrate the little things. I hope that you’ll spend a few moments each day to enjoy them.
I look forward to seeing many of you during our area association meetings next month. Earlier this week, you should have received an email with information on these upcoming meetings. We would love to see you there!