As the first of what will, with no uncertainty, be a growing list of far more insightful musings from the rest of the staff, I’d like to reflect briefly on a topic of particular importance and interest to me; temporary discomfort in the interest of ever-improving and evolving situations. For many years, I’ve encouraged audiences I’ve facilitated, to “go with the choice that scares you most.” This is so important to remember, even though it may seem a little extreme. Greatness rarely happens when you’re comfortable and that’s a terribly intimidating concept to embrace. Be brave and strong and utilize all resources at your disposal. Keep in mind that the PROCESS can sometimes matter as much as the final product when electing to accept the uncomfortable. Strive not only to "get there," but rather to absorb, rebuild, and share experiences from everything along the way. An epic ride doesn’t always have to be made up of 4700 miles far from "home" in a breath taking environment. Sometimes, the epic nature of the ride has more to do with having the courage to take the necessary deep breath and saddle a ride that seems too big, too wild, too powerful, or too new, even if you and your bronco never make it out of the barn, than actually arriving at some predetermined destination. In the wise words of, Daniel Kish , one of this past year's State Conference keynoters, "I'd rather deal with the bruises from crashing, than the bruises of never being permitted the opportunity to crash."
Return often, request assistance, collaborate, build networking, and construct a culture of HIGH EXPECTATIONS for ALL kids, ALL of the time, in ALL buildings, with ALL staff! Saddle up!