This week has been deeply nourishing. We saw our first drops of rain soaked up quickly by the parched land. We sang and celebrated each other’s heroicness and kind deeds. And we learned. We learned from each other, from ourselves and from a very special guest, Dr. Philip Zimbardo. There are so few individuals in history who have taught us more about human psychology than Dr. Zimbardo. For over 50 years he has been engaged in his life’s passions of learning and teaching and this week he has shared with us his Heroic Imagination Project, teaching young people how to stand up, speak out and act courageously in challenging situations as the everyday heroes that they are.
Dr. Zimbardo’s visit gives our community a chance to reflect on a very important reason why so many of us chose Green School, for its inspiring and encouraging community. Dr. Zimbardo’s teacher workshops, community engagement, his historical work, and his elegant, playful presence on campus this week remind us that how we treat others and ourselves comes from within each person. He reminds us of why we value holistic education so strongly in that we must take care of and develop the whole person intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually. When one element is not there, we become fragile. When we nourish each other, the hero that lies in each one of us comes alive and can continue to strive for its higher sense of purpose and make a positive difference in the world. This is a time to take a pause, be grateful for all that we do for each other and to focus on how to continue to improve our relationships and to act nobly.
Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of the situation and act out of noble motives, or behave in ways that do not demean others when they easily can. – Dr, Philip Zimbardo
Signing off from my hero within, Wonder Leslie 😉