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Fill Your Years with Life

posted Sep 26, 2019, 3:56 PM by Brenda Williams   [ updated Sep 26, 2019, 3:57 PM ]
One of the unique attributes of working in education is we basically get a new year, twice a year. We get to celebrate New Year’s in January, like everyone else, but we also get the start of a new school year each year. This is always a new and exciting time. We have new kids in new classes, new activity seasons, fresh starts, new beginnings, and lots of excitement. There is almost a buzz in the buildings for a while until routines are settled into and the newness has faded a bit. It is the type of thing we deal with often in Minnesota. We have distinct seasons and each fills us with anticipation of the future. We look forward to what is to come and all the positives ahead.

I’ve seen the quote many times and it goes something like this. “There’s a reason the rearview mirror is so small and the windshield is so big.” The basic idea is to enjoy what’s ahead and stop worrying about what happened. The start of a new school year is like that. All of the students should be getting a new start and staff are reenergized from some time away. We often don’t treat our lives the same way, however. We carry baggage of the past and feel as if we can never set it down. We have things that affect us at work that we drag home and vice versa. As we start a new school year, I challenge you to look ahead with anticipation and embrace what is to come. Find a way to let things go and be excited for what is ahead. We are so very fortunate to live in a place like we have here. We live in a place where people feel safe. We live in a place with quality housing, good schools and great people. We live in a place where many folks will be sure to look out for one another. We live in a place full to the brim of beautiful natural resources, clear waters, green forests and about every natural critter native to Minnesota. As a dad of three children and a family who enjoys the outdoors, I’m not sure there are a lot of places that would offer more. It sure seems like a great place to be excited about looking ahead.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

I challenge all of you to leave the baggage behind and keep filling your years with life. As our youth start a new school year and a fresh start, make a point to do the same. There will be a time someday, a long time from now, where we and others can evaluate our past, but for now, look out the windshield and not in the rearview mirror.

-- Rich Spiczka, Community Education Director