I think William James, an American philosopher and psychologist of the late 1800s, got it about right when he stated, "I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing." With our choirs doing so well on their recent tour, there was plenty of happiness, associated with music, to go around. There was the happiness experienced by our students as a result of their accomplishments and nationally acclaimed performances, and there was the happiness that they helped to deliver to the audiences they regaled with their vocal talents.
It kind of feels like we're skydiving towards the end of the year, and, like the ground, it's coming up fast! With so much going on at our school right now, it's hard to keep track of everything. From baseball and tennis teams that are red hot, to a choir that is touring California, to a welding program that has produced some amazing drift trikes, to a spring drama production of And Then There Were None, and everything in between, if seems like the events of this spring are flying by in a blur, and we're doing our best to take it all in.
Simon Sinek, who is famous for his ideas and insights on what makes an individual a good leader, has stated, "Champions are not the ones who always win races - champions are the ones who get out there and try. And try harder the next time. And even harder the next time. 'Champion' is a state of mind. They are devoted. They compete to best themselves as much if not more than they compete to best others. Champions are not just athletes."