'Tis the Season...

...to Celebrate GREATNESS!

[Official Video] Little Drummer Boy - Pentatonix

GREATNESS from Dave Burgess in the book "Teach Like a Pirate"

Little Drummer Boy has been my favorite Christmas Carol for as long as I can remember. Of all of the holiday songs, I can honestly say it is the only one that truly moves me. The idea of a young boy, too poor to afford a fitting gift for the "newborn king," attempting to honor him with what he does is a great lesson for all of us. We spend too much time stressing out and concerning ourselves with what is absent in our lives, and not enough time focusing on what really matters.

The drummer boy may not be able to afford expensive and fancy gifts, but he has something better; he can offer the gift of his unique strengths and talents. He has no material gift to offer, but what he can do is play his drum like no one else is capable of playing it. And he does. The fact that his play is met with approval and acceptance from Mary and the animals is certainly of no surprise. After all, when one is engaged in pursuing one's passion and offering the very personal gift of doing what he does best, the power is undeniable and clear to all.

Isn't that what life is really all about? We all have to find our own personal "drum" and then play it the best we can. For me, I never feel more truly alive than when I'm standing in front of a class of students or a seminar room full of teachers. That's my drum I'm playing up there and I'm going to play the heck out of it. The line, "I played my best for him," is a call to arms and a challenge to meet. Forget about all of the things you can't control and play your drum to the best of your abilities. Play with all the passion, enthusiasm, and heart you can muster. Nothing else really matters. You can offer no finer gift or higher honor to the world than to find out what your "drum" is and then play it for all it's worth.

Greatness all around me!

As 2014 draws to a close, I feel the need to reach out and thank all of you for the GREATNESS I see in you. I am also grateful for the GREATNESS you bring out in me. I wholeheartedly agree with everything Dave Burgess says above and work hard to rise to the challenge of "playing my drum" to the best of my ability. I am only able to do so because of the GREATNESS I see in those around me. Together, we are making GREAT things happen for children in Moore County Schools! May we all use the next couple of weeks to rest and rejuvenate ourselves so that we can bring our very best in the new year. Merry Christmas!!

GREAT quotes:

"Life is too short to be small." --Benjamin Disraeli

"Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?" --Jimmy Johnson

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." --Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe