At breakfast this morning, got to watch 2 year old Mr. Man catching sunbeams streaming through our curtains. Love God for sharing with us the innocence of being 2 years old, the joy in his eyes and on his face as he captured them, the wonder and exploration of a child, the reminder that He has everything under control, and letting me know I need to slow down and appreciate the things in life that truly matter. Thanks be to God!
Better late than never, with thanks to the many cliches I have heard, and “drive by” quotes in many presentations. A few many even be semi-original thoughts…
My One Word for 2019 is ONE. As in, sometimes, “first.” Words of wisdom for the year:
For many students, you may be the most stable adult presence in their lives. Just by showing up every day, setting boundaries, believing in them, showing a genuine interest, being “on their case,” demanding their very best, you just may have a positive impact. Even on your worst day, you are still some child’s best hope. It only takes one teacher to change a child’s life. Some children will come to school today because of that one teacher. Be that teacher.
Children must have at least one person who believes in them. Be that person.
Every winning streak starts with the first win. Win the first one.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take that step.
You are one decision away from a totally different life. Don’t let your dreams die within the walls of your comfort zone. Call your shot.
Tell the story of the mountains you have climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.
One day, you will just be a memory to some people. Do your best to be a good one.
You are the person God is preparing as the answer to someone’s prayers. Be there for them.
Remember the words of songwriter Sam Cooke, as performed by Louis Armstrong in “(What A) Wonderful World,” talking about our children, “They will learn much more than I will ever know.” The one day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit. Keep moving forward and know that all the hard work you are putting in, day in and day out, will produce the results you are looking for.
And so it goes…for 2019.
The 6 most important words are: “I admit I made a mistake.”
The 5 most important words are: “I am proud of you.”
The 4 most important words are: “What is your opinion.”
The 3 most important words are: “If you please.”
The 2 most important words are: “Thank you.”
The one most important word is: “We.”