Can you just picture it?
The table is being set, the symphony of smells float through the house as breads, turkey, cassaroles, and pie are all being prepared.
The guest list is running through your head as you pull the folding chairs and folding table out of the garage. Do we have enough seats?
Adults table, kids table, all set... Do you have the setting for COVID?
As students and teachers finish out this incredible leg of the 2020-2021 school year, think about this...
Those schools and classrooms that have been face to face are sending their students and faculty home with all of the resources needed to start back remote.
Prepare for the worst, be surprised for the best.
The dichotomy of decisions that have had to been made this school year so far is incredible. Differing opinions on the science and effects of COVID in determining the school and economic impacts.
Teachers are much more savvy at technology than they were at this time last year.
Students have had a harder time because they are learning in concert with their teachers. Not many have experienced this learning before.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we have and get excited about what is to come. A break from the normal to celebrate those around us that are the most special.
As leaders, classroom, school, business, church, etc. how are you preparing those you serve for success? Just because COVID is the houseguest that doesn't want to leave, doesn't mean that we are not able to empower our people to do more. Simply because holidays are happening, doesn't mean we can shut down our thinking and go back to the muscle memory of the past. December is going to bring some more change. Are you preparing for it?
Mark Batterson wrote in his book In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, "No adversity equals no opportunity." Think of the opportunities that have come. What about those that have not been created yet? As a leader, it is your job to be the head of the wave, thinking through what will come next, even if it comes during a time of rest.
Ultimately, we need to give thanks, communicate, dream, and cast visions. Not a vision of life without Covid, but a scenario where we can all thrive in the environment that COVID has introduced to us.
Be thankful for the opportunity to grow! What are you going to create and attempt during this holiday season that will set up 2021 for something greater than we have ever seen?
Be safe. Stay distant. Stay healthy.
Taylor currently serves as a Coordinator of Innovative Learning for a mid-sized school district in Texas. He is a speaker, writer, and coach for all who are in conflict with the status quo.