Reconnecting with people is a lot of work! It takes time and focus. It takes vulnerability and listening. It is often inconvenient, but never wasted.

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a school governance conference with some of our board members as well as those from some of our sister schools. While there was great teaching and learning throughout the conference, the best part was building relationships. I had the opportunity to spend focused time with some people I haven’t seen in a few years as well as with those I see more frequently, but in a casual setting. The nature of this conference gave us amazing opportunities to connect.

During the mid-semester break, I will be traveling to the U.S. to visit our former Head of School, Karl Steinkamp, and his wife, Jacki. This decision was made with the specific purpose of supporting and encouraging them in this difficult season they are going through. I’m also looking forward to experiencing a real autumn season and spending some time with dear friends. If you think of it, please be prayerful that I will be a blessing to them.

As I’ve been thinking about these experiences, I’ve realized a few things. First of all, reconnecting with people is a lot of work! It takes time and focus. It takes vulnerability and listening. It is often inconvenient, but never wasted. I’ve also come to understand that, even when given a great opportunity, we must be intentional in reconnecting. This requires us to give of ourselves in order to meet others where they are.

As we take time away from school next week, I want to encourage you to be intentional about reconnecting with your children. During the COVID lockdowns, you probably had a lot more time with your kids than you do now. Please find ways to make the time next week meaningful. Invest in building relationships with people, including your immediate family. Consider time as something to be invested, not merely spent.

Written by Shawna Wood

Ms. Shawna Wood is dedicated to mentoring and discipling the next generation. Shawna has a Master of Education and has been at Dalat since 2012, first as Middle School principal and now as Deputy Head of school​.
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