“Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose-- a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye." - Mary Shelley
This quote was sent to me many years ago by a dear friend and has given me many hours of quiet contemplation. Our UAEOP theme of “Learn · Connect · Grow” also follows along this line of setting goals for ourselves. When you decide to learn something new, you also have an opportunity to connect with an idea or with others and, as a result, you grow. Having a steady purpose and opportunities to grow in my life has helped to tranquilize my mind and helped me focus on the positive side of life.
The beginning of a new school year always has some bumps in the road and chaos close at hand. Setting our minds eye on the positives in life, help us as we travel long these bumpy roads of life’s highway.
The Splashes Of Life
My grandfather took me to the fishpond on the farm when I was about seven and he told me to throw a stone into the water.
He told me to watch the waves created by the stone, and then he asked me to think of myself as that stone.
"You may create a lot of splashes in your life, but remember the waves that come from those splashes will affect the peace of all your fellow creatures," he said.
"Remember that you are responsible for what you throw into your circle, and that your waves will touch many other circles. Always try to live in a way that the waves that come from your circle send out the peace of your goodness to other circles."
"Remember the waves that come from anger and jealousy will also send those feelings to other circles. You are responsible for all the waves."
That was the first time I realized each person creates the inner peace or discord that flows out into the world.
We cannot create world peace if we are riddled with inner conflict, hatred, doubt and anger. We radiate the feelings and thoughts that we hold inside whether we voice them or not. Whatever is sloshing around inside of us is spilling out into the world, creating beauty or discord with all the other circles of life. –Author Unknown
(Story found at motivateus.com)
Remember the eternal wisdom: WHATEVER YOU FOCUS ON EXPANDS...
Wishing you all a great school year with lots of chances to “Learn, Connect, and Grow.”
A shout out to all our awesome administrators across our great state of Utah for your great leadership! Enjoy your day on October 16th!