Today our middle school students voted for their Student Council officers for the 2016-2017 school year. Twelve eighth graders stood up in front of their peers and made speeches. They demonstrated great poise, and they spoke honestly about their love for their school. It was good to see that so many of them were willing to take the risk – to put themselves out there and ask others to vote for them. As we prepared to tell them the results of the election they prayed together, and they listened as Mr. Long read to them about “The Man in the Arena”, from Teddy Roosevelt’s famous speech. Once we all knew who the winners were, the children were gracious as they congratulated one another.
In today’s world, it’s likely many people would think we should never have these elections unless everyone could win. It’s true that no one would ever be disappointed that way. Although, we learn our best lessons when we try really hard to achieve something and we come up short. As a result, we learn to try again. We learn to say, “I didn’t get it, yet.” We have to be so careful that we don’t protect our children from discomfort, pain and sadness so much that we keep them from experiencing life. As much as we would like them to be safe from all disappointment, we need to be respectful of their ability to handle a setback or two or ten. Otherwise, what good is the trophy or the medal? What do children learn when grownups manipulate everything so that we “all win” – which really means no one wins? How will our children ever learn to pick themselves up and push themselves to learn more - try harder - take risks - if we keep showing them that we don’t think they can handle loss or failure or disappointment?
Times of disappointment and loss – that test that didn’t turn out the way we’d hoped, or that game where we just didn’t play that well – these are great times to talk to your children about the games you lost, the promotions you didn’t get, or the tasks you didn’t do so well. Share your disappointments. Talk about feeling discouraged, and then share the fact that you survived and moved on. What a great lesson your children can learn from their own struggles and from yours!
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.“ - Roosevelt
28 Strategic Planning Meeting, 6pm
30 Mass at noon
1 Fall Tailgate and Cornhole Tournament, 6:30pm. Reserve your spot now at http://www.bethesda-lourdes.org/tailgate-party--cornhole-tournament.html
3 HSPT, 3:15pm
4 HSPT, 3:15pm
5 7th grade outdoor ed
Potomac Pizza Fundraiser, 6 – 7pm
7 School Mass, 9am
Pre-K Parent Social
8 Fifth Grade Parent Social
10 NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day
11 Living Rosary, 8:45am
13 Donuts for Dads, 8am – 10am
14 NO SCHOOL – Teacher professional development day
Kindergarten Parent Social
15 First Grade Parent Social
17 HSPT, 3:15
18 HSPT, 3:15
19 Home and School Association Board Meeting, 7pm
21 Mass at noon
22 Sixth grade parent social
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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