To welcome something is to say “yes” to it. It is to encourage its existence and to join with it in a positive spirit of participation.
I choose this word as a companion to accompany me during these final celebratory and transitional weeks of this year. I think of it as a guidepost to which I can turn when preparing final grades, or decorating the house, or assisting in the wide variety of chores that will present themselves in the coming days.
I welcome the opportunity to read my student’s papers so that I can thoughtfully evaluate their work.
I welcome the opportunity to help prepare the meals that will serve as a centerpiece for our family’s celebrations.
I welcome the request to unpack the decorations and to work together to make our home an outward reflection of our inward beliefs.
I welcome the opportunity to offer to help when that offer is unexpected.
I welcome the opportunity to respond with ‘yes’ when the request I have received is unexpected.
I welcome the opportunity to create moments of connection in the busyness; periods of reflection in the push to get it all done.
I welcome the chance to live into the simple, meaningful lessons of this season of giving; to receive what comes in the spirit of friendship; to start with “yes.”
DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world. Connect with him on Twitter at @berrydavid.