Dear Lancer Families,
This is my final Lancer Legend, and I want to keep it simple. The best advice I’ve heard in a long time is, “If you want to have a good day, then do good things.” Many times, we feel overwhelmed by the complex world we live in, and the stress placed upon us by others. But if at the end of each day, if you can recall doing good things in service of others, then you can call it a good day.
Doing good is not easy, but it is who we are. There are two deeply held beliefs that all people everywhere in the world share. We all experience compassion, and we all yearn for justice. The problem we face together is that people draw different circles around those for whom they have compassion, and for whom they believe deserve justice. In the inner circle are family, friends, and neighbors - they are loved and cared for in responsive ways. Outside of the circle are “others” who are different - they are objects who are judged and dismissed. It is my continued mission in life to help everyone expand their circle of compassion and justice to include everyone as family, friends, and neighbors. I hope that as a student, teacher, and principal at La Follette, that I have helped our community to feel a part of our big Lancer family, and that we see all of our Lancers as deserving our compassion and support for social justice. If I can say that I have done this good thing, then I will call it a good day.
I have always reinforced the expectation that if you believe in yourself and never give up, then you will be successful. This is what we believe as Lancers, and we take PRIDE in caring for each other. I wish you all the best. Once a Lancer, always a Lancer.
With Pride and Appreciation,