Living a Purpose Filled Life
One of the biggest mantras that Dr. Klein and I live by is living a life of purpose. Throughout the year, he and I would be reminded of the sheer volume of the various ways we connect purpose to life, academics, and our choices. You see, some people measure success by the wealth they’ve accumulated, the power they’ve attained, or the status they’ve achieved. Yet, even though they’ve reached success beyond their wildest dreams, they still have an empty feeling — something is missing from their life. In order to fill that void and be completely fulfilled in life, they may be searching for something more. Although everyone is different, there are common threads that bind a life with purpose.
Live by your beliefs and values
Anyone that knows me can share that I wear my emotions on my sleeves. Whether it is a blessing or a curse, there is complete transparency to my emotions. People who live a life of purpose have core beliefs and values that influence their decisions, shape their day-to-day actions, and determine their short- and long-term priorities. They place significant value on being a person of high integrity and in earning the trust and respect of others. The result is that they live with a clear conscience and spend more time listening to their inner voice than being influenced by others.
I learned the value of hard work from my parents, and definitely from my wife who is the ultimate multi-tasker. People who live a life of purpose identify those activities that matter most to them and spend the majority of their time and effort in those areas. Otherwise, it’s too easy to drift away in the currents of life. There is a clear connection to the statement: How we spend our days parallels to how we live our lives. They work hand in hand---reminding us the important marriage of choices and priorities.
Follow your passion
My entire life I have found value in pursuing what my passions were. From working outdoors at Sand Ridge to Kirtland Country Club, to teaching, and coaching...I have always loved pursuing areas in my life that I enjoyed. People who live a life of purpose wake up each morning eager to face the new day. They pursue their dreams with fervor, put their heart into everything they do, and feel that they’re personally making a difference.
Finding balance is essential and challenging. The key is reflecting weekly about those that you loved and if you have given as much to family as you have to your passion. People who live a life of purpose put their heart into their career and into building relationships with friends and family. They also reserve adequate time to satisfy their personal needs. Achieving balance means living up to one’s potential in all facets of life.
Happiness is being paid to do what you already do already. I have lived by this mantra my whole life. People who live a life of purpose have an inner peace. They’re satisfied with what they have and who they are. To them, the grass is greener on their own side of the fence.
Make a difference
Living a life of service has taught me so much about myself. It has humbled me, guided me, and grounded me in my values. People who live a life of purpose make a meaningful difference in someone else’s life. They do things for others without expectation of personal gain, serve as exemplary role models, and gain as much satisfaction witnessing the success of others as witnessing their own. As the old proverb says, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”
Live in the moment
Remember that scene in Dead Poet's Society where Robin William challenges the students to Carpe Diem- Seize the day and make their lives extraordinary? He was changing the students perspective and experiences to live beyond the status quo. People who live a life of purpose cherish every moment and seek to live life without regret. They take joy in the experiences that life gives and don’t worry about keeping score. Dr. Seuss may have said it best, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
Live your purpose in the the moment and seize today!
School Board Recognition Month
Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich has proclaimed January 2017 School Board Recognition Month (SBRM) in the state. To view the governor's 2017 School Board Recognition Month proclamation, click here. OSBA's theme for the 2017 School Board Recognition Month is "School boards: Leading the way for education."
We appreciate the commitment, passion, leadership, and service of our Chardon Board Members. Thank you for your support and efforts towards living our mission at Chardon. We appreciate you.
Boosters' Night at the Races!
Mark YOUR calendar for a FUN Night at St. Mary's Banquet Hall Room with the Boosters!
Night At The Races is Back! Saturday, February 4th - 6:30PM
THIS EVENT SOLD OUT LAST YEAR! - DON'T BE SHUT OUT THIS YEAR!
Order your tickets and sponsor your horses on this site - http://www.Chardonathletics.org!
Last week, I shared the remarkable accomplishment of Taylor Purchase. Taylor held a fundraiser on December 16, with the lighting display at her home. The event was well attended and the end result was a donation of $1000.00 to the Chardon Post 6519, VFW. On January 5, she presented the check at the Men's meeting to be used for veterans at the post and in the area. Yesterday, Chardon VFW Post 6519 came to CHS to recognize Taylor. What a powerful moment we witnessed!
Military History: The Art and Science of Strategy
Strategy refers to a plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal. It is distinct from tactics, which is concerned with the conduct of an engagement, while strategy is concerned with how different engagements are linked. Last Wednesday, in Mr. Fronk's Military History, I had the opportunity to strategize using the principles of Chess. The development and implementation of strategy is a creative process. Be it real war, sport match, or chess battle, a framework is required to shape the strategist’s thought process. The principles of Chess and the lessons taught in Military History express:
1. Selection and maintenance of aim
2. Maintenance of morale
3. Offensive action
6. Concentration of force
7. Economy of effort
Once understood, the principles of Chess and Military strategy may be used as a decision making aid during formulation, planning, and execution of strategy. What a great lesson! In case you are wondering--I won my face of battle.
Lakeland Art Show
Art Teachers--Deb Steytler and Erik Hauber are absolute magicians of creativity at CHS. They are proud to present to Lakeland several dynamic pieces of art that cover a variety of mediums. If you have the time, head out to Lakeland to see the phenomenal work of our kids.
The C Division team (representing grades 9-12) took a seventh place trophy.
Awards in individual events are as follows:
Division B (6-9th grade):
5th Place -
Rocks and Minerals - Sara Conway and Reagan Halford
6th Place -
Fast Facts - Owen Vokoun and Brady Williams
Optics - Jason Watson and Jack Dvorak (not pictured)
7th Place -
Rocks and MInerals - Ethan Fuerst and Owen Vokoun
8th Place -
Invasive Species - Josh Campbell and Brady Williams
Division C (9-12 grade)
2nd Place -
Disease Detectives - Heather Humbert and Richie Wainio
Materials Science - Nick Schragal and Richie Wainio
3rd Place -
Invasive Species - Emily Munoz and NIck Schragal
Rocks and Minerals - Christen Niedzielski and Asher Vokoun
Towers - Richie Wainio and Megan McCartney
4th Place -
Game On - Tyler Mothersbaugh and Drew Williams
Hydrogeology - Emily Munoz and Drew Williams
Remote Sensing - Nick Schragal and Richie Wainio
5th Place -
Astronomy - Heather Humbert and Nick Schragal
Helicopters - Richie Wainio and Drew Williams
Robot Arm - Connor Fuerst and Alex Schragal
6th Place -
Dynamic Planet - Colby and Drew Williams
Write It Do It - Halle Crtalic and Drew Williams
7th Place -
Ecology - Megan McCartney and Emily Munoz
Microbe Mission - Tyler Mothersbaugh and Richie Wainio
Wind Power - Halle Crtalic and Emily Munoz
8th Place -
Anatomy - Arman Bayat and Rachel Yates
Invasive Species - Asher Vokoun
Regardless of the short week at CHS--there is always something extraordinary happening each day. We have amazing kids who are mentored by transformative educators. Thank you for your continued support.
Have a great weekend!
Douglas Murray, Principal