Advent. A time to reflect, anticipate, prepare.
The complexity of my life just now, both personal and professional, is extreme.
I feel as though I am on the edge of something either very good or completely overwhelming.
I need courage. I need resilience. I need focus and I need to be able to ignore the dramas and prioritise what really matters.
As a leader of the life of my school and as a leader of my own life and the life of my family, I need to remember the following:
- To plant the soles of my feet firmly on the ground and breathe from the pit of my stomach.
- That this is my life and that it is not waiting for me somewhere in a distant future when I am ‘grown up enough’ or ‘good enough’.
- That people are complicated and that part of the challenge of life is trying to understand them and work alongside them.
- That you can’t make everyone like you. But if they don’t, you should reflect on why this is.
- That life is good and bad. That we have to work together to celebrate and embrace the good and to challenge and minimise the impact of the bad.
- That education has the power to transform lives.
- That we must never stop learning and that mistakes teach us as much as successes.
- That we are both infinitely important and infinitely unimportant.
And this, from a previous blog:
If ever I run a school or the world, these will be my non-negotiables:
Everyone must be willing to self-reflect and learn.
We don’t shout at others.
We all get things wrong and need to be able to apologise when we do.
We are all human and being in a position of authority does not mean you are better than anyone else.
Everyone needs to take time to see the reality of a situation and not fall into making judgements based on half-truths, prejudice or stereotypes.
Everyone is worthy of love.