Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Graduates – here you go……on to the future………

Principal “Reflections & Projections”

Spearfish High School will say goodbye to over 160 seniors on Sunday, May 19th at 2:00 PM.  All are talented, bright, ambitious and enthusiastic in their own individual way.  I truly hope that SHS has successfully prepared each senior to embark onto the next steps of their lives.  Each senior entered high school 4 years ago under the auspices of high expectations.  Seniors of 2019, you did it!  You rose to the challenge and met the main expectation set for you – to graduate!!

Overall each senior had a number of “ups and downs” over the past 4 years. Hopefully more up than down. But, keep in mind, a person usually learns more from the “downs” than the ups.

Seniors have met and seen a lot of people over the past 4 years of high school. You may recall me saying – “keep in mind...good or bad...everyone you meet has something to teach you.”  I hope you absorbed the information, good and bad and will model the good, not the bad.

Always think about what you learned from those you met. Exemplify the good.

You will face challenges. You will be required to make difficult decisions. How will you react? Are you prepared! Please remember, no one told you that life would be easy – if you heard that, do not believe it.  Life is fun – but not easy

I ran across an article a few years back by Frank Bures that I have used bits and pieces from over the years titled “Pomp and Happenstance”. Bures talks about practical advice. Things like, “No matter what, always take the first parking spot you see.”  Might save you a great deal of time?? 

Time management and organization are vital to success. Someone you met during the past 4 years had those skills. On the other hand, someone you met lived in disarray, confusion and chaos. Which will you choose? Who did you learn from?

Bures goes on “Some of you will achieve your dreams. Most of you will have to come up with something else. All of you will fail at something. If you’re lucky, you will learn from this. In a few years, you will forget one another’s names and faces. You will come to your reunion and meet people who are not the ones you knew, but versions of them – some better, some worse.” 

Bures goes on by pointing out that in our most honest moments, we know this. We have no idea how we got where we are. None of us fully understands exactly how we succeeded, or why we failed.  A lot of it is luck. What matters, though, isn’t the luck itself, but what you do with it.

Work ethic. You need it. Without it you will be average. Average is not always good enough. Living in mediocrity may not lead you to success.

Bures points out that just maybe this is stuff you can learn only on your own. He says. “More than likely your life will be a mess for some period of time, but in the end, that’s both the joy and the sorrow of it. That’s what makes life mysterious. That’s what makes life rewarding. That’s what makes life terrifying. That’s what makes life interesting.”

Most importantly – “That’s what makes it a life.”

Every student that comes into my office sees the attitude plaque. I point it out frequently. Attitude - is a little thing that makes a big difference.  They also see the yesterday plaque.  Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.  

For all the seniors that have seen one or the other, I hope each, or at least one, made you think.

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” ~Tom Landry

Last bit of advice. Find something outside of work and school that you really enjoy doing. Take time to do it. You will need that time.

Congratulations Class of 2019 and best of luck with your future. 

Until next time,
Steve Morford
Spearfish High School