We often attempt to live our lives backwards…wanting more things, more education, more money, more order in an attempt to do more of what makes us happy in this life. The way it actually works is the reverse.
“You must first be who you really are and then do what you need to do in order to have what you need and want in life…smiles and trials will come and go; your true self should always shine.” ~ LaRue Miller
For as long as I’ve known her (all my life, so, several decades now 🙂 ), LaRue Miller chooses to embrace and actively live this pearl of wisdom with grace and unconditional love. And while she shares and remains as sharp as my Wusthof knives, she chooses to do so more comfortably from her favorite chair at home most days. I gratefully had the opportunity to sit and visit with her in person this past week; what a treasured time indeed.
It is interesting to note how Mrs. Miller’s personal philosophy lives on in the generations of lives she has touched throughout her teaching and volunteer work in the very town where she grew up and stayed to give back. To hear her talk is to participate in a master class of communication and collaboration from deep within her soul. Her obvious passion for learning and teaching, her quiet strength, her pearls of wisdom discreetly dropped into conversation, and her determined ability to see and bring out the personal best in each soul…these are all touchpoints in the powerful legacy she continues to create. And while she would never admit it, she remains a critical part of something profoundly extraordinary because she is a catalyst.
Mrs. Miller will tell you she is humbled and honored to have her legacy carried forth in the classrooms of the school bearing her name. When you visit or volunteer on her campus, you will still find telltale signs of her subtle influence: a picture or book here, a quote there…all small reminders of her majestic influence and continuing inspiration. She deeply loves her community, her namesake school, her church, and her family and friends. As the first principal of her namesake school for the last eight years of my educational career, I remain forever grateful for her wisdom, enthusiasm, stories (especially when she taught with my mom), collaborations, and hugs; she is so generous with those hugs! 🙂 She knows her story, she communicates her story so incredibly well, and she continues to lead with her story every single day!
There is a beautiful book in every classroom on her campus called The LaRue Miller Legacy, written by students and staff about her incredible story. It is heartwarming to know her legacy project continues today to assist young leaders in practicing speaking skills as they develop language and communication skills through shared conversations while documenting for future generations the life and legacy of the school’s namesake. Thank you, Mrs. Miller, for honoring us with your legacy and this important generational project. Thank you for being a personable living legend with so much grace and unconditional love. As you always remind me, “the goal is simple…to help you achieve yours!” 🙂