Head of House – Maye
The Hope of Gratitude
I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
When one looks back on the year that was, it is easy to mainly focus on the turmoil that affected our daily lives. Yet despite the impact of COVID-19, there were many events, processes and rituals that helped us to reflect with gratitude and hope. As we became used to the new reality of virtual learning, of Zoom meetings and virtual catch ups, we also became more aware of our inner strengths and resilience. We worked together as a community to find new possibilities, to solve challenges and to develop a new future. This past year specifically emphasised how, when working together as a group, family, community and a nation, a greater outcome was possible for all.
Throughout the year, we experienced a more pertinent sense of the need to look out for each other and to show love and kindness constantly in different ways. Gradually, with a far deeper sense of gratitude for the everyday things we used to take for granted, a new ‘normal’ evolved. The absence of close physical presence at group gatherings – a handshake, a hug – highlighted just how much we value being together. With collective hope, we reimagined the events and rituals that have formed part of our community for so long. It is therefore with heart-felt gratitude that we can reflect on a time of new growth, new possibilities, resilience and inner strength.
Although psychologists found that negative events have a greater impact on our brains than positive ones, this negative bias can be ‘reversed’ with a developed attitude of gratitude. This attitude of gratitude forces us to get outside of our own situation and look to the bigger picture so that we may bounce forward when challenges occur in life. When we practice living with an attitude of gratitude, our brains are happier, our hearts are fuller, and we’re more mindful and conscious of the world around us.
Gratitude unlocks the fulness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
It is with this attitude of gratitude that we thank each member of our school community and in particular the Maye House staff team of 2020 for their support of our girls, their calm leadership during this turbulent time and the impact they have had on the Maye House community. We also congratulate our new Maye House Captain, Thea Whittaker, together with her Maye House Council, and we look forward to their guidance, and for what is bound to be another challenging but exciting year ahead.
Wishing you the Hope of Gratitude for Christmas and the holiday ahead!
Mrs Elsa Vink
Head of Maye House