CN Jr/Sr HS WeAreOne
April 21, 2019
"It's not the load that breaks you down. It's the way you carry it." Lou Holtz
I read this quote the other day and it struck me so I did some digging to see who it was attributed to. I found that it’s attributed to no fewer than three people: author C.S. Lewis, actress Lena Horne, and former football coach Lou Holtz.
It’s hard to deduce who said it first, but for all three people, it’s a great quote about attitude. We all carry loads, and we all carry them in different ways. If you look around, you can see this in our daily lives.
I know people who lost a job but took it as an opportunity to re-boot their careers and spend more time with their families. I know cancer survivors who embrace every day the way I’d like to. I know people who’ve had major disappointments and smile more than anyone else I know.
Chances are, you know people like this, too. And chances are, you know the opposite as well, those who mope, moan and feel sorry for themselves every chance they get. A big part of life is not letting things break you down. But even how that’s phrased, you can see the key word. It’s not “don’t take things on;” it’s “don’t LET things break you down.”
You can’t always control the loads you have to take on. However, can control how you carry them. I think this is truer than people realize. If you carry the load the wrong way, it could break you. If you carry your load the right way, you can do more than you ever thought possible. This means we have to be smart about how we carry these loads and take precautions to do it right - head up, back straight. bend at the knees so the load is distributed better and doesn’t wreck one part of you. This is not just in the practical, physical sense, but the emotional loads we carry as well. We can take the precautions in these cases as well - head high, breathe, take time to refocus, pull from your inner strength. And in all cases, if it’s too heavy to carry alone, ask for help! Yes, it can be hard, but I've never asked and not gotten the help that I needed to see something through.
During this hectic time of the school year, when our loads seem overly heavy, we have to keep moving forward so that momentum is on our side. Where we were when we picked up the load doesn’t matter, but where we headed with it does. Over the next few weeks, please ask for help if the load you are carrying seems like it might weigh you down. We have a staff full of people willing to help you carry the load if you just ask.
This is a great opportunity for us to see what we are doing well and identify areas where we can get better as a school and a district. Dr. Halik will be at the Jr/Sr High School on May 1. I will post a sign-up doc with time slots in drive and ask that you sign up for a time that will fit in your daily schedule. The meetings will last 15-20 minutes. Please view this as a way to help make CN Jr/Sr High School better. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Registration is now open!
For Your Calendars:
4/24 - iLearn Begins
4/23 - Tincaps Game
4/29 - Young Hoosier/Rosewater Book Trip