Monday Moments with President Bergman: January 4, 2021

Gustavus President Rebecca M. Bergman shares her thoughts with College students, faculty, and staff each week.
Posted on January 4th, 2021 by

Here we go, Gusties!  January Term 2021 begins today.

President Rebecca M. Bergman

I hope that everyone had a restful, relaxing, and revitalizing break where you paid attention to self-renewal in all four key areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. My wish for each of you is that the year ahead will bring an abundance of blessings into your life and the lives of those you love.

Each year, on New Year’s Day, I make a “Top 10 List” of aspirations for myself for the year. Here is my list for 2021:

  1. Keep myself and others safe by following all the COVID-19 health guidelines.
  2. Move more, sit less.
  3. Practice an attitude of gratitude.
  4. Be kind to others and to myself.
  5. Push forward on issues of justice, equity, and inclusion.
  6. Prioritize eco-friendly choices.
  7. Read more books.
  8. Eat healthy food and drink more water.
  9. Take time to connect with family and friends.
  10. Support local restaurants and businesses.
  11. Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available.

Oops. This year, I actually have 11–please forgive me. I feel a real sense of optimism about the year ahead, and I hope you do, too. For me, this means viewing the glass as half full rather than half empty. Here at Gustavus, we have a strong and vital community that is mission-oriented and values-centered. We care about each other and this sense of caring is embedded in our culture. Are we perfect? No. Can we do better? Yes, always. That is the principle of continuous improvement–and that is why a list of aspirations is important.

What is your “Top 10 List” for 2021? Take a few minutes this week to write your personal aspirations for the year ahead. Then post your list on your mirror or in a place where you will see it every day. Feel free to borrow any or all of the items on my list, or start with a blank piece of paper and create your own. Think about what is most important for your wellbeing and success in all aspects of your life. Then do it!

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, productive, and inspiring New Year.

Yours in community,

President Bergman


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