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Possibilities, fresh perspectives abound

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It is spring. Wow! I just want to be outdoors as much as I can, soaking in the sun, enjoying the warm temperatures. A nice walk and I am feeling refreshed and energized. Spring will do that for you. I take a walk near my house that includes a brook. The water is dancing over the rocks, rejoicing in its new freedom from the winter-long ice and snow. I love to watch it eagerly spring cleaning, washing away the debris and roadside sand.

In this fresh new season possibilities abound. We have an opportunity to look at our everyday world with a fresh perspective. We have been seeing our yard all winter with snow. Now it is being uncovered, and we see it as if for the first time. Perhaps we will make a new garden in a corner, or plant a bright flowering plant, or get new cushions for a chair.

This fresh perspective can be beneficial in every facet of our lives. Can we look at our health with a fresh perspective? Take advantage of the extra daylight and take a walk after work. Maybe this is the year to get a bicycle and explore some of our local rail trails, or ride to work. My challenge is to get out there early before the black flies give me too many reasons to stay inside. Now is the time when the air is fresh, the bugs are nonexistent, and the birds are singing.

Let’s take the fresh perspective to our jobs. What are the possibilities there? Have we gotten in a rut in our thinking? Maybe this is a good time to sign up for a workshop or seminar to give our thinking a boost. Start following a blogger who can challenge us in our work. Read a book about being organized or excelling. Maybe a different job is in order for you. Our Employment Resource Center at The River Center is a great place to start your job search. Donna will help you develop your resume, learn to use the Internet in the job search, and narrow down the websites to use in your search. Whatever your job searching skills, she will help you develop them to be successful.

Let’s have a fresh perspective on our families. Do we really see our children for the wonderful individuals they are? Are we fully present with them? Do we pay more attention to our cell phones than to the child standing beside us? Parenting is an awesome task — scary and wonderful all at the same time. Remember that you can join our parenting classes at The River Center. Our parent educators facilitate conversations and learning to help parents become the parents they want to be — and everyone benefits!

To help us gain new perspective, on May 6 Jim Grant, founder of Peterborough’s Staff Development for Educators, will be speaking at The River Center on “GRIT.” He will talk about how to build your tenacity, resolve and grit in all of your life — in your parenting, in your work, in your personal goals and ambitions. Please join us on Tuesday, May 6, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the River Center at 46 Concord St. You can let us know you are coming at 924-6800 or mnelson@rivercenter.us.

I can’t talk about the possibilities of spring without mentioning our 9th Annual Community Spelling Bee on May 2 at 7 p.m. at the Peterborough Players. This year we have matching grants totaling $10,000. We need your help to meet the match! Form a team, sponsor a round, come and watch, or buy a raffle ticket to win a year-long membership at the Bond Wellness Center, an IPad, a cord of wood, or a half CSA share from Foggy Hill Farm in Jaffrey. There will also be a silent auction that night and yummy food. Come join us for the fun, and bring a friend or the family.

Margaret Nelson is the executive director of The River Center. Reach her at mnelson@rivercenter.us or 924-6800.

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