As part of my dissertation, I wrote “Acknowledgments” to recognize and thank those who supported me during my journey to earn a terminal degree.
Nuclear submarine USS Greeneville (SSN-772) in drydock at Pearl Harbor on February 21, 2001
While sitting in my office contemplating what I was going to write, my mind wandered back to my childhood. I thought about my parents and their impact on my life.
In my role as a High School Principal, I am keenly aware of the importance of legacy. Our school is a symbol of pride, excellence, determination, and commitment. As the Principal, I am responsible for honoring and moving our legacy forward.
I have an opportunity to speak with parents frequently. Parents desire their children to be accomplished and successful. While they never use the term “legacy”, it is an ideal woven into every conversation.
When I began writing the acknowledgment page for my dissertation, I found myself reflecting on one of my favorite quotes. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
As I wrote my acknowledgments, I asked myself if I was creating a legacy for my grandchildren? So you might ask, why is leaving a legacy important?
Discover the Purpose for Which You Were Made, by John C. Maxwell
~ Adapted from John C. Maxwell’s new book Intentional Living
I’m convinced that most people want to live a life of purpose.
The vast popularity of Rick Warren’s book The Purpose-Drive Life was in part based on this desire, which became evident when millions of people bought the book.
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!