“… Miracles?” (Al Michaels, 1980). Well, “no,” but that’s what I was reminded of and here’s the video clip. Watching and hearing it still gives me goose-bumps after all these years.
“Do You Believe in the Possibilities?” This is the tagline of a new initiative from one of my alma maters. It was delivered to me and others via the school’s October magazine cover; superimposed on a sea of mostly blurred out student faces to whom the question earns sometimes the same response and sometimes a different response. The article’s introduction begins, “How do you express the soul of a place…?” and then ends with:
… [W]e have so much to talk about when we talk about the soul of [this institution]. It’s a belief, a belief in a better world and in our capacity to bring that world into being. Possibility is the soul…
The remainder of the article is dedicated to possibilities – “Lead with Honor,” “Learn through Service,” “Inspire the Future,” “Learn Outside the Classroom,” “Excel in Athletics and Academics,” … – each introduced to the reader through a student, alumi, or faculty story. These are the possibilities that make the institution; its soul.
The article reminds me of the “connect to purpose” my colleagues and I share each Friday in our team meeting. Sometimes our connect to purpose comes from an external source and sometimes it highlights how we’ve connected with a partner or one another. In all cases it challenges us to reflect on the work that we do and connect it to being purposive, to being worthwhile, and to making a difference. As school leaders and teachers, that is, as educators we are challenged to do the same so that our colleagues and students enjoy unlimited possibilities. What are the possibilities that your colleagues and students believe in?
Video Clip of Al Michaels’s call of “The Miracle on Ice,” 1980 Winter Olympics, from YouTube; retrieved here.
#GU Possibilities. (October 2013). Gannon Magazine. Available online here.
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