Wellbeing is something we hear a lot about these days: student wellbeing, teacher wellbeing, visible wellbeing, contextual wellbeing, personal wellbeing, wellbeing frameworks, wellbeing interventions… and the list goes on. There are also a variety of definitions of what wellbeing is. One of the more simpler definitions states that wellbeing is a state of feeling well, functioning well and relating well.
At the end of a semester, when most people’s energy levels are low and the output required is rather high, feeling well, functioning well and relating well can be a real challenge.
The people of the Old Testament had a different concept for wellbeing. They called it ‘shalom’. Shalom was about having a sense of all-rightness with self, each other, God, and environment. It was about maintaining a sense of wholeness and fulfilment, being in restored and unimpaired relationships with others and finding fulfilment in one’s undertakings. The concept of shalom became so important to the Old Testament people that it became a greeting or farewell.
As we draw a close to Semester One and enter into the school holidays, I encourage you to make time to restore shalom. Be kind to yourself. Restore connections with loved ones. Spend time communicating with God. Get out and enjoy God’s marvellous creation. Plant something. Thank God for the way he has used you to touch the lives of so many this last semester. And at the end of each day, may you sleep well, knowing that God has all things in his care.
Spiritual & Cultural Leader