Tuesday, December 11, 2018

GIFTS AND 2019….


Principal “Reflections & Projections”


How many “lists” have you made this month?  How many lists have you seen this month?

Lists usually contain items that can be classified in one of two ways, a want or a need.  The list a kid makes for Christmas usually contains only wants.  The list to assure educators can continually improve the daily education in each and every classroom includes needs.  Both lists require decisions on what we can and can’t “afford”.   How can we not afford the education of our youth as that is an investment that will never go south!

Education is the gift that lasts a lifetime. Education works. Education works for everyone. The form of what works may differ for each student and finding that correct form at times tends to be difficult, but, it can be found. Good education works for everybody, everywhere. It worked for you, for me, and it works for all students today. “Education is not the answer to the question. Education is the means to the answer to all questions.” ~William Allin

Over the 16 days of our holiday break, if you want to give something to someone that costs nothing, give some advice. Simply stress and reinforce the importance of a good education. Stress the importance of attending school every day. Stress the importance of working hard. Stress the importance of accepting setbacks. Stress the importance of communication.

Earlier this year I read and bookmarked a story “45 Life Lessons Written by a "90-Year-Old" Woman” written by Stephnaie Wong. The article does clarify that the “90” year old was actually 45...but that is another story. As we get ready for a new year these universal lessons are relatable to anyone who needs a little reminder of what's important in life. The age of the person who came up with the 45 is inconsequential.

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step 3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone 4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does 5. Pay off your credit cards every month 6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree 7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone 8. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck 9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile 10. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present 11. It's OK to let your children see you cry 12. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about 13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it 14. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying 15. You can get through anything if you stay put in today 16. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write 17. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else 18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer 19. Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; wear the fancy clothes. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special 20. Over prepare, then go with the flow 21. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple 22. The most important organ is the brain 23. No one is in charge of your happiness except you 24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?" 25. Forgive everyone everything 26. What other people think of you is none of your business 27. Time heals almost everything. Give time time 28. However good or bad a situation is, it will change 29. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch 30. Believe in miracles 31. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger 32. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young 33. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable 34. Get outside every day miracles are waiting everywhere 35. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back 36. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now 37. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful 38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved 39. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need 40. The best is yet to come 41. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up 42. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind 43. If you don't ask, you don't get 44. Yield 45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Enjoy this holiday season with your family and friends.  Remember and honor those who can no longer be with you.  December is a great month as students and staff have the opportunity to share through concerts, club activities and service projects from nearly every student group we have associated with Spearfish High School.  It is wonderful to welcome the community into our doors for all of the activities that take place.  Young and old alike enjoy this time of the year.  Make it special. For those of you who still have kids at home, do something with them. Get them off the smart phone for a while and do something with them.

A couple quotes that I have used in December’s past are well worth using again. Ralph Waldo Emerson “Finish each day and be done with it.  You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”  And on Christmas morning think like Erma Bombeck quotes “There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.” 

I hope you all get to enjoy some fresh oyster stew on Christmas Eve…….

Until next time…Steve Morford - Principal – Spearfish High School