A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character.
Source: Courier Journal
The Kentucky Derby is a horse race with pomp and circumstance fit for a Queen. Racing enthusiasts gather at Churchill Downs donning glorious hats and seersucker suits ready to sing My Old Kentucky Home. The young colts enter the gate and everyone anxiously awaits the start. A fast 1 ¼ mile race this year ended with Justify, a 3-year old, in the winner’s circle.
As I watched the race this year I reflected on our job as educators. We often start our year with a bang. We are well-groomed and have fresh legs for the start of a new year. As we head down the stretch after the second turn we are still neck and neck with our colleagues. When we round the final bend on our way towards home we start to tire and become weary. Some of us lose our focus and some simply have little energy to cross the finish line. However, as educators, we must finish strong. Our race is high stakes, we are impacting the future. As teachers, we persevere through the year with heart and we win with our character. Each year, each class, each student is our one shot.
Here are some thoughts for finishing the year just as strong as you started . . .
Teaching is like a horse race in many ways. The training, the quick start, the endurance that is required to be a finisher; however, it’s always the heart and character that makes a champion. Finish strong, educators. Each year, each class, each student is our one shot. Encourage your students to always dream big and thank you for all you do!