Dear ECMMA Friends,
As I write this we are in preparations for the holiday season, winter has arrived, and the year is winding down. It is natural to review the events of the past year, sigh with relief that we found the strength to work through any difficulties, take stock in what we have learned, and feel gratitude for all the moments of joy, love, and wonder that crossed our paths. Our ECMMA year has had all these elements, including the challenges of staff and board transitions, the inspiration and community of our National Convention in Salt Lake City, the thought-provoking and knowledge-building articles in Perspectives, and our day to day encounters with the magic of young children.
By the time you read this, we will be into the new year where we move from reflection to action. While only some of us make an actual list of resolutions, a new year brings for most a feeling of a fresh start and a renewed energy and spirit. Along with that comes an urgency to “clean out” the clutter and organize what is left to help us function in a creative, productive, and healthy manner.
For those of us working with young children and working towards their betterment, I think it is essential for each of us to individually take time to renew our commitment and goals and to take stock of what we need to keep and what we may need to release to continue being our most creative, productive, healthy selves, fully present in our work. ECMMA is also focused on how we can creatively and efficiently fulfill our commitment to our members and the children we serve while remaining vital and healthy for the future.
I find it fitting that this first issue of Perspectives in 2017 focuses on cultural diversity. For it is in diversity that we can find strength, fresh perspectives, and a rainbow of ideas to invite and incorporate into our lives and work that will reap joy, wonder, and community. I challenge you to make a New Year’s resolution to read each issue of Perspectives from cover to cover, be inspired to delve more deeply, and then apply the rewards of these actions to your vocation.
I wish all of you a happy, healthy, and inspirational 2017.
Keep singing and moving,
Diana Greene, President ECMMA