Linking up with Lisa-Jo once more, because that's what we do on Fridays.
Today's word, is comfort.
Last night we had our open evening for school. This event is tiring, but worth it - a chance for prospective parents to tour the school, meet the staff and boys, really get a flavour of what we're about. And even though I had a cold (as I type this I've been awake most of the night coughing and spluttering as the fever tries to move the sniffles on), even though it was late, even though I felt heavy with lemsip and raw from nose-blowing, I was struck by the comfort I felt - the ease with which I can talk about our school and our boys. I love what I do and the pupils I teach - I'm always ready with facts, quips and discussions.
Our school is a warm place, I always think, and there's a definite element of comfort to the way we operate. While we want our boys to be ambitious and hardworking and driven, we also want to have school be a haven, a comfort, a place where they feel comfortable.
Because that's so important. It's in the warm safe places of comfort, as much as the cut and thrust of the playing field, the exam, the competition, that we learn and grow. That we explore. That we are nurtured and replenished. I always feel blessed to have a home full of comfort - a roof, a love, food to eat and cats to cuddle, and am aware what strength this gives me out in the world. I think classrooms should be the same - a safe and sacred place where learning, kindness and thoughtfulness should rule the roost.
So let us seek comfort, and let us help other people to be comfortable. Let our words, actions and thoughts build up, nurture and bless. And let us all appreciate the comfort and peace we are lucky enough to enjoy.