Top Ten Thanksgiving Break Tips – #10

The upper class families were generous in their shares, when asked what advice they would give the parents of USAFA Class 2021, about the cadets’ first break. The overall theme was to be flexible . . . no two experiences are the same and most expectations should be left behind.

TIP #10

Enjoy Every Moment With Your Cadet

Good Morning!  It is 6:53 am est here in Cincinnati, Ohio.  I am running through my list. The list of things I must get done before my cadet returns.  Am I alone?  Maybe your list is of all the things you want to do when yours gets home. Or the things you want to talk to them about.  I think sometimes I get so focused on the list that I don’t see what is going on right in front of me, whether I am looking at the list or just thinking of the things that are on it. Perhaps crumbling up the list and throwing it away would be the best way to be present when my cadet is home.

“Mindfulness” and “Being Present” are two concepts that are flying around us these days.  Mindfulness is to be in the moment without Live In The Momentjudgement. And Being Present is having your focus, your attention, your thoughts and feelings all fixed on the task at hand. These sound like just the kind of concepts that would make a visit form our cadets really special.

I, for one, am going to look up and enjoy the moments the next five days bring, leaving expectation and “to-do’s” aside and finding joy in every second.  For as the many quotes of advice say, these moments don’t last forever.

Your Spirit Mission Board wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving, joyful time with friends and family and most of all we hope you enjoy every moment your cadet is home.

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