It’s New Year’s Eve! Tomorrow is the first day of 2017. As Brad Paisley says, “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” This quotation resonates with so many of us. Each year, no matter how wonderful the past year may have been, it is simply human nature to crave a do-over. The fact that this quotation references writing and books makes it all that much more attractive to and resonant with teachers, Paisley, and educators, as well as those of us who support them.
The concept of beginning each year with a fresh slate, a fresh start, and brand new book yet to be written is a compelling and attractive notion. It permits us to let go of the old, draw a line in the proverbial sand, think in new ways, start new habits, and go off in new directions. The start of each year brings with it hope and confidence that the year to come will be even better than the one to which we bid adieu tonight.
What are you planning to write in your new 365-page book? As teachers, you’ll no doubt will be tempted to begin with brainstorming maps, proceed to your scope and sequence, plot outlines, and chapter synopses. If only we could truly control the plot lines of our year as we might when writing a short story or other work of fiction! Instead, we plan, we hope, we try, and we dust off our knees and try yet again. That’s certainly the plan for Teacher Peach. If you’ve been following our company, it will not surprise you in the least to read that we have plans to revise, revamp, reshape, and renew our focus and directions in 2017.
No matter what’s in store for the coming year, the Teacher Peach team knows that, regardless of how well or thoughtfully we “script” our 2017 book, there will be plot twists, set-backs, surprises, the introduction of new characters, red herrings, and even a cliff hanger or two. No matter what, though, we’re excited about 2017. For Teacher Peach, as we continue to grow at this accelerated pace, reaching out to and serving more and more teachers an students, we know one thing for certain: 2017 is going to be quite the peachy page turner!
We truly hope you enjoy a safe and special New Year’s Eve with family, friends, or the rare gift of solitude. Tomorrow not only begins a new day, it also begins a new year. We look forward to spending much of it with you. Be safe tonight and enjoy tomorrow.