Monday, August 31, 2020
Dear ECHS Cross Country,
As the 7th grade Great Books teacher at Heritage Junior High School, I have the opportunity of welcoming 7th graders to the microcosm we call middle school. Students go through changes every year, but especially in this pivotal 7th grade year. I often find students thinking: Do my peers like me? Am I good enough? Am I fitting in?
I also have noticed these thoughts don’t magically just disappear as you progress and get older. Perhaps they get slightly less critical, but oftentimes the thoughts persist. For example, I definitely still have them as an adult.
Regardless of your age and grade, this way of thinking is not always healthy. My challenge to our cross country team is, thus, to shift from thinking “Am I a good enough runner? Person? Daughter/Son? Student?” to “How can I contribute?” This is a mindset shift I learned about by reading the book, The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Zander.
So, from now on, and especially this month, be alert. Watch your thoughts. Watch what is going on around you. And focus on contribution.
Next week I will have information about Thursday All-Athlete Workouts.
“If you do not worry about what others think, say or do, but only about whether your actions are just and godly, you will gain time and tranquillity. […] Run straight towards your goal without looking left or right.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 4.18 (Chuck Chakrapani, Stoic Meditations, 4.18)