Over the last year I have read two books that have really encouraged me to reflect on my story and how I want to be remember when it is all over. Both "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" by Donald Miller and "Love Does" by Bob Goff focus on creating not only a better story for yourself but also those around you. Reflection on one's life is a major theme that runs throughout each book. It is mentioned how Bob has a book in which he has written down over 500 memories of the details, feeling, and emotions of various times throughout his life. This got me thinking...how could I remember those important, or not so important, times in my life? As I reflected upon this, a common theme quickly became apparent...music.
Music, songs, and artists have a way of connecting our past to the memories that we hold dear. Instead of trying to document my memories, I allow them to come to me through music. I have created a "Ultimate Playlist" folder in my Evernote account where I will write down the name of a song and the memory it brings when I hear it on the radio. It is amazing how the gift of music can evoke feelings of happiness, sadness, pride, love, anger, or any of the many emotions one can experience. I soon found myself with an every growing list of songs on my "Ulitmate Playlist". Here are a few of the memories that came quickly rushing back when I heard the song:
GooGooDolls--Iris & Dave Mathews Band--Crash Into Me, My entire senior year of high school.
Amazing Grace, My grandma's funeral when I was 9 years old. I still get choked up each time I hear it.
Del Amitri--Roll To Me, My first date with Shelly.
Hey Jude--Beatles, Osmond High School jazz band.
Queen--We are the Champions, Every state high school wrestling championship since 1992. (especially 1998 & 2012)
Blackstreet--No Diggity, Decorating for Jr/Sr Prom at OHS in 1997.
I have found that creating my "Ultimate Playlist" has brought back lots of great memories that I will always cherish. It has also made me reflect upon who I am, where I've came from, and how it will guide me on my path in life. I would encourage you next time you are listening to the radio to let the music take you away...you never know where you may end up!
The rest of the list (for now):
Man In The Mirror--Michael Jackson
Love the One You're With--Stephen Stills
Two Steps Behind--Def Leppard
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
I Just Want to Celebrate--Rare Earth
Big Pimpin--Jay Z
Like the Rain--Clint black
Ain't No Rest for the Wicked--Cage The Elephant
Carry on My Wayward Son--Kansas
Son of a Preacher Man--Dusty Springfield
Piece of My Heart--Janis Joplin
Crash Into Me--Dave Matthews Band
Signed, Sealed, Delivered--Stevie Wonder
Ah Leah--Donnie Iris
Somebody to Love--Queen
Welcome to the Fold--Filter
Roll to me--Del Amitiri
The One--Backstreet Boys
As I consider "Why I lead" I am sure that many of the reasons that come to mind are the same for many of us; to make a difference, impact the school and community on a larger scale, build relationships, etc. However, one important aspect of being a leader is being able to reach out and connect with students and staff from all different backgrounds, talent levels, and socioeconomic status and inspire them to fulfill their potential...or "FIND GREATNESS".
What does "Finding Greatness" mean? Greatness is different for each and everyone of us. Last summer, prior to the summer Olympics, Nike ran a great ad campaign that really spoke to me and put into two, one minute commercials (found below) what I believe is one of my roles as a leader. My role is help our staff and students reach and obtain their moment of greatness, regardless of what level that may be.
It is easy for us to identify greatness as a state championship, hitting the game winning shot, nailing a musical performance, or scoring a 32+ on the ACT. But the truth is, that for many of us, greatness lies in the smaller, personal accomplishment that never make the paper or deserve a parade. Being a part in making these smaller accomplishments happen is what makes being a leader so worthwhile for me.
Thinking back upon my last five years in administration, I have been fortunate to be apart of many of these moments. While greatness comes in many forms, the memories I treasure most are when students feel a since of accomplishment that they have found their greatness. As leaders it is our role to help students reach these levels of greatness by providing them with the skills, resources, and most importantly, the support they need in a nurturing and safe environment.
Some examples of the other forms of greatness I've experienced:
Having a student whom that I battled with, but never gave up on, for four years walk across the stage at graduation and shake my and and say "thank you"--that is his moment of greatness!
The student that struggles to get a qualifying score on the ACT but is determined to get into a four year school and finally gets accepted--that is her moment of greatness!
The wrestler that hasn't won a match all year, gets a pin at the conference tournament--that is his moment of greatness!
Moments of greatness happen everyday, in every building. We just have to open our eyes and enjoy those moments. As a leader, embrace the challenge and celebrate when those students, staff, and patrons achieve their moments of greatness!
Google Forms Master List
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9th Period/Incomplete Work
Homecoming King/Queen Voting
Faculty Advisory Survey
Honors Day Nomination Form
Parent Contact Form
T-Shirt Order Form
Office Referrals (Click HERE to see video to set up notifications for emails via EOUITHelpDesk on YouTube.com)
Forms Using Scripts
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Wireless Access Form
Sign in/Sign out Form
Bus Drivers Log
Milford Jr/Sr High Principal