142 – So Much To Say…

…so little time.

Right now, I just don’t have a lot of time to write posts for this blog. My Yankees blog was updated (and it looks better than ever), plus it’s the end of the year, and every single day(in my “spare time” I am working on two great book projects.

I don’t have much time right now, but soon there will be lots of time.

I announced a major life change about a month ago. My life has always been a whirlwind of activities. But since my announcement, it’s been even busier.

It’s all good.

After 32 years in education and 24 as a school principal (26 as a school administrator), I announced that I will be retiring after this school year.

I have had a wonderful career. It has been filled with great people, great moments, and an eternity’s worth of smiles and love. People keep telling me what a difference I have made. I am so happy to hear that. I gave my job everything I had. And I loved every minute.

I have always felt that leadership must come from a person’s heart. That’s how I tried to lead – with ethics and kindness, honesty, integrity, compassion, and love. People tell me that I did this. If I did, I was successful.

And when we give kindness, that kindness is returned to us in greater amounts than we ever gave.

And when we give love, it’s the same.

The kindness and love I have received over the course of my career has been legion. Whatever I gave has been returned to me a thousand-fold, and more, It’s been a great ride. I’m humbled by the amount of love and kindness that has been given to me over the course of my wonderful career.

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People keep asking what I’ll do once I retire. I have plenty lined up. I teach at a local college and I have numerous book projects in the works. My next book comes out in April 2023 – and it’s going to be a huge hit. I’ll share all of this soon.

The other day a former Yankees great surprised me in my office at work. He came by to thank me for my career. He heard from a teacher that I was retiring and came to my school to meet me and thank me for all I have done and then to have a catch with me. You can’t make stuff like this up. It was a dream come true. More on this, also, later.

My life has been filled with kindness and goodness and love. I have always tried to repay all of that by giving of my abundance love and kindness back to everyone.

I believe I did make a positive difference in many ways. It’s great to have that feeling as I close a big chapter of my life and as I look forward to the many chapters yet to be written.

The end of a school year is always very busy. A principal in May works 48 hours each day. It just doesn’t stop. That’s not a bad thing. It’s just the reality. The amount of reports a principal must write to close out a year are endless. And then there are the school events in abundance. It’s all good. It’s just a very busy time. Sometimes I wake up very tired, but very soon I am going to miss all of this.

I’m still playing baseball for two different teams as a pitcher. I’m pitching better than I ever have. Who would have thought that possible? Maybe the Yankees will come calling…

And, somehow, with all of this, and so much more, through the emotions of sadness and anticipation, and (again) so much more, and through tears and smiles and everything else, I have been able to keep up my daily running.

My goal has been to run every single day this year. I’m still on target. 142 days are in the book. How I find the energy and time to keep doing this is sometimes a mystery, but I do plan to succeed in this personal journey.

More to come.

Much much more…

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