Dec 24, 2014

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December 2014 Power Quote

One Perfect Way To Keep The Holiday Spirit Year Round:

“At Christmas time, everyone is so nice to each other. I wish it could always be like that.”

Nearly three years ago, when I took my first drive to SIS to teach, a vision ran through my head of meeting my students: I saw myself giving them a hug at the end of their lesson. I don’t know where it came from, but the memory of this vision is still very clear to me.

dec2014At the time, I was also a part-time class room teacher and choral director in another school. I did give a few students hugs when they consulted me privately, but it wasn’t a ritual back then.

Three years later and the “end of lesson hug” or high-five is a habit I am so grateful to have created with my students. With only 30-minutes each week to whip them into shape for an audition, for a performance, for an exam or, to just train hard, the hug at the end leaves us with a feeling that we both care for and like each other – especially helpful after a lesson when I was particularly hard on them to sing in key or to do their homework!

This blog took longer to write than others and I sat down this Christmas Eve morning, deleted all the other information I had researched and copied and pasted, and decided to boil the Christmas spirit down to just this one thing – the power of the hug. It has made an amazing difference in my life and the best part is that it is so simple!

~By Jill Wolf

There’s something in a simple hug that always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home, and makes it easier to part.

A hug’s the way to share the joy and sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say they like you because you’re you!

Hugs are meant for anyone for whom we really care…
From your grandma to your neighbor, or a cuddly teddy bear.

A hug is an amazing thing — it’s just the perfect way
To show the love we’re feeling, but can’t find the words to say.

It’s funny how a little hug makes everyone feel good;
In every place and language, it’s always understood.

And hugs don’t need equipment, special batteries, or parts…
Just open up your arms and open up your heart!

If you’re unaware of your own personal hug quota, start collecting hugs today! Family therapist Virginia Satir says, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”

Last but not least, Merry Christmas!! Thank you for sharing your talents with me because it is your music that has been the greatest gift I could ever receive.

Sending you HUGE hugs and hoping with all my might that your greatest wishes come true!
Miss Laura xx

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