Friday, May 24, 2013

Build Bridges or Walls?

Build bridges or walls?

Concise, direct and an efficient use of words and terms allow us to communicate directly and effectively.  When talking with others, we try to communicate ideas but often, fail to transmit the pure thought.  One great thing about quotes is their ability to communicate an abstract concept into a simple thought.  These following quotes were all pulled from the The Treasure Chest.  Which are your favorites?

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.  D. Pire
Walls are simple to build but bridges take a bit more attention to assemble.  In the same way, healthy relationships require us to reach across differences, gaps, perspectives and stereotypes forcing us to get along with others that may not align with our way of thinking.  A far easier route would be to ignore or even work against reconciliation! 

It gives pleasure to be praised by one whom all men praise.  T.  Howe

The real purpose of books is to train the mind into doing its own thinking.  C. Marley
As an educator, this is paramount!  Think depth of knowledge.

The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many masters as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortune.  J. De. La. Brayer
Ambition, aspirations and a quest for advancement is a common theme.  Do we own our things, or do our things own us?

If ambition doesn't hurt you, you haven't got it.  K.  Norris

A man’s home is his hassle.  Mrs. L Peter
I thought it said castle, but it is really his hassle.

Ambition is a lust that's never quenched, grows more inflamed, and madder by enjoyment.  T.  Otway

Find where your main roots lie and do not hanker after other worlds.  H.  Thoreau.
Keep the main thing, the main thing.

It seems like so much wisdom is contained here.  Our quest in reviewing these lies in uncovering common themes that apply to all mankind, regardless.

Here at Winfield Middle School, we just finished another school year.  As principal, I felt like I learned every day!  From the existing staff, I learned about the current state of affairs.  I learned about their strengths and areas of interest.  I learned about their classroom talents and was eager to see them in action, molding, opening and forming young minds.  Middle School students showed me culture, drama, the Harlem shake, #dontgiveup and excitement.  A middle school student is singularly an enigma, a joy and entertaining, all at the same time.  Finally, I learned my own limitations.  I learned to let go, to delegate, to communicate and apologize whenever necessary.  I learned where I fall short, areas of improvement and just a bit of what it means to actually lead.  Thanks for following.


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