April 13, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Who do you get your wisdom from? How do we gain knowledge? Who do you seek out when you are facing a challenge?
All of us would have different answers to these questions. However, if I had to answer these questions I would say: I gain wisdom from reflecting on my different experiences throughout the day. I gain wisdom from watching others and listening to how they have dealt with different situations. I gain wisdom from going to a quiet place and listening to my inner heart. For knowledge, I seek out individuals I respect and ask them questions and listen to their advice. I stay up-to date in my profession by reading books and articles from different educational resources. I attend different conferences and spend time speaking with administrators, teachers and support staff. To gain a broader prospective and understanding of student behavior and choices, I eat lunch with our students. Their comments, dialogue and insight provide me with a broader spectrum of their growth and development. When I am facing a challenge, I call my parents, siblings and closest friends. I am fortunate to have these individuals in my life to guide me and offer support in those tough times.
Sometimes we gain wisdom and knowledge from a stranger—here is an example:
Reg Brett, a 90 year-old man, once wrote his down his list of how to celebrate growing older and his life lessons. I would like to share some of them with you.
Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
When in doubt, just take the next small step.
Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, would we grab ours back.
Over prepare, then go with the flow.
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
To see his entire list go to: http://benades.blogspot.com/2009/11/45-life-lessons-by-reg-brett-age-90.html
Have a great weekend!