This last weekend I was able to breakaway from some of the stress and see one of the Academy Award Nominated Best Movies – 3 Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. I enjoyed the movie yet during a particularly climactic scene, there is a line shared that has continued to resonate with me.
There’s a whole lot of stuff happening in my school district right now. We’ve lost 17 school days on my campus this year to Hurricane Harvey, Ice, and an Astros Championship Parade. The stress on everyone has been palpable. Toss in that our school community was particularly impacted with more than 600 families displaced, and you can get a sense of how we’ve all arrived at the description of “it’s just a crazy year.”
It’s February which means the plans for next year are being hatched, and for many reasons our school district is facing a financial challenge that’s not been seen before in this district/city/state. How we come out of it is yet to be determined. What is certain is that we have students this afternoon, this week, this month, and this semester that need us at our best. So how do we navigate through tumultuous times?
Previously, I wrote, in this blog post, about the advice my mentors had for me as a new campus Principal dealing with struggles. However as I look to make my way through this spring semester, I am choosing to take a different approach. For me to have the needed clarity to steer through these challenges, I am going to focus on love in all its forms. Perhaps it’s a thoughtful card received at the right moment, or a smile in the hallway to someone feeling lonely. Maybe it’s attending the Lasagna Dinner for the Band or simply cheering on your students at the Girls Basketball game. Or it could be as simple as visiting a teachers classroom, sharing fist bumps with everyone, and bringing value to what we do.
Remembering what we love brings the needed calm that leads to thought. Yeah, I think my trip to the movies with a large popcorn, SnoCaps, and a Cherry Coke just brought me my plan.
What’s the latest quote from TV or Film that has brought you inspiration?