Yes, it’s Christmas time. Schools are preparing to close, people are scheduling their vacations, and the malls are full of people trying to buy the perfect gift. It is time for cheer, gifts and celebration.
At school, everyone is buzzing around, humming Christmas songs. The air around school is filled with laughter and smiles. The faculty, staff and students begin to count the days until winter break. As our annual holiday party draws near, presents are wrapped and the spirit of giving is in the air.
Graduation is a very important day for students, families, friends and school personnel. It is recognition of success. Graduation validates our hard work and commitment. It is especially important for high school students.
While some students enter high school focused on graduation, for most students it’s four years away and not on their radar. However, during the next four years it moves from the bottom of the list to first on list. Why do you think that happens?
Are birthdays important in your household? When I was young, my sisters and I would count down to our birthday. We would make a list and remind every one of the big day.
As I have grown older, celebrating my birthday has taken a back seat to children, work, school, and the challenges of life.
When I was a little girl one of my favorite activities in the summer was making ice cream at my great grandparent’s house.
The days were hot and we would run through the sprinklers giggling and laughing to cool off. When my great grandparents would announce we were going to make ice cream, we would scream and cheer!
After I retired from the military, I found myself wondering what was I going to do with the rest of my life…
I found myself asking questions like, what’s next for me? Where do I go from here? Have you ever asked yourself those types of questions…
When our children were young, we would remind them to be nice to others. I would use the same quote my mother would say to me, “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.” Of course, children will be children.
As you can imagine, our five children didn’t always get along with each other. Unfortunately, they didn’t demonstrate many intentional acts of kindness. There were times when our children would say or do things to intentionally cause pain to their siblings.
I recently went to the doctor because I was suffering from a minor ailment. Now, before I go any further let me explain something; I don’t like going to the doctor.
Since I raised five children and treated their many different aliments over the years, I believed I could treat myself. So as you can imagine, I was feeling pretty bad to make a doctor’s appointment, before my husband asked me to do so!
When our children were young, we established routines to help our household run smoothly. As you can imagine, managing the schedules of five children and two working adults can be challenging.
One phrase my children heard frequently was “do what you have to do first, and then you can do what you want.”
How to attract others to your purpose, by John C. Maxwell
~ Adapted from John C. Maxwell’s new book Intentional Living
Most people want to live a success story, and that’s a good thing. Success can bring you money, accomplishment, power and invaluable experiences. But success still falls short.
Success alone cannot bring lasting happiness or deep fulfillment. Success, by itself, does not inspire others to remember and share your story long after you are gone.