“We are most alive when our hearts are conscious of our treasures…” ~ Thornton Wilder
This is the gift–to hear and enJOY life’s opportunities every single day. Truly, there is something in every day and in every season to celebrate with thanksgiving as treasures along the journey…to be more aware of what we have, to appreciate again and again all the wonderful things money cannot buy (the wind in your hair, the sun on your face, a child’s laughter, a loving family, and more).
As we wrap up this school year, it’s important to take a moment to focus on things as though we are seeing them either for first time, or in my case as LME princiPAL, for the last time. With 34 years of educational opportunities, it is time to personally move to another phase of this journey called life.
Before I leave this fast-growth learning community in the most capable of hands, please allow a little poetic license to share some final pearls of pirate wisdom and TREASURES…
T = Take time to breathe, to try something new, and to be THANKFUL. The most precious things in life are always right in front of you. Trust and be amazed!
R = Remind yourself and others to relax, rejuvenate, rest, and reward. Play is important for all ages, most especially when you need to recharge your battery and take in the abundance of life each day.
E = EnJOY the ride…the good and the not-so-good! Expect adventures and entertain a few wild ideas to enhance this big, bold, grand, astonishingly beautiful world. After all, it’s not the destination, but the journey along the way…
A = Always allow grace to shine forth…hold yourself and others to a standard of less perfection and more grace…every.single.day!
S = S-T-R-E-T-C-H your mind, mindset, body, heart, and soul to uncomfortable levels. We often find new possibilities, answers, and options just outside our comfort zone!
U = Understand and forgive others even when they do not deserve it; this is usually when they need your understanding and forgiveness the most…
R = Respect yourself first; respecting others will be easier then.
E = Entertain new opportunities by saying YES…engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment start with each of us!
S = Savor the simple, profound, JOYful moments; these will become the milestones to your personal life story.
All these TREASURES are present in the many JOYs of my educational journey at LME. One of the surest and most encompassing JOYs comes from the great works and excellence of others around me. While some may not appreciate the idea of thriving on others’ successes, it is more than enough to have the honor and privilege of being a part of something profoundly extraordinary because I chose the role of catalyst in the process. We can all be a ladder, a lamp, or even a lifeboat on this journey…here’s hoping your heart is always conscious of your TREASURES; enJOY the journey!
Note: VanAmGram will become a personal blog on July 1, 2016 and will no longer be associated with LaRue Miller Elementary.