Life can be tough. Nobody ever said it was easy. There are many trials and tribulations that we all face from time to time but we are always stronger for coming through them. Everyone around you has had them or is currently going through them. If not, they will be. When times get tough that is when we grow.
Ella Fitzgerald once sang “into each life a little rain must fall”. While we cannot control how much rain falls in our lives, we can choose to put up an umbrella or put on rain coat. Others choose to just let the rain fall. Regardless, we have a choice in how we respond in difficult times. We can either shutdown and let ourselves be hardened by it, or we can choose to learn by it and grow from the experience.
As we grow from experiences, we develop a set of beliefs that we rely upon each day, it is the foundation in which we build our daily lives. When it “rains” in our lives, it is very unexpected. An unexpected rainstorm can be catastrophic. Only well built foundations will survive a tremendous downpour. Foundations that are already rocky will need support.
As a leader, we experience rain in our lives as well. Just like our teachers and our students. We must make sure that our foundations are built tough as there will come a time that one of the staff or students will have rain in their lives and it will disrupt their very being. It will be our job to stand in the gap and help support them in their time of need.
I often think about this question. More now than I have in the past. Ever since my Father-in-Law past in November 2017, this question really does come to mind in many different aspects. What’s one hard lesson you are grateful life taught you in the past year? For me as a leader, 2017 and most of 2018 was not easy due to his passing. He passed in the middle of the school year but was diagnosed right before the first day of school. So we were living this right from what we all wanted to be a great school year.
Having to navigate this rainstorm was not easy. As I reflect back on it and all that I and my family has learned over this time, I am grateful for the lessons that this storm has brought into mine and my families life. Our foundation is stronger for having come through that storm.
As you go forward, I would encourage you to look at the others around you and see where you can help them through their storm.