Ability, Character, and Citizenship are the foundations of the belief system at Riverbend Junior High School. Students continually strive to maximize their abilities and stretch their limits. We believe in being of high moral character and always demonstrating and finding the best in each of us. We expect all members of the Riverbend family to continue to show the kindness and consideration that is good citizenship.
The Obstacle in Our Path
In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.
Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the big stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been.
The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many others never understand. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one’s condition. When we face obstacles, we also face our responsibilities.
One of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habit’s Trait is to “Be proactive.” Actions include doing what we say we will do, turning assignments in complete and on time, not blaming others, taking care of our belongings and the belongings of others, admitting our mistakes, asking for help when we need it, being prepared, and helping others.
We can tell the difference between proactive and reactive people by listening to the language they use:
Proactive people say:
- Let’s look at alternatives
- I can choose a different approach
- I prefer
- I will
Reactive people say:
- There’s nothing we can do
- They won’t allow that
- I can’t
- I must
- If only
Albert Einstein once said,
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
So which person are you?
Mr. D. Beharry