#ELBlog #203: Now I Can Really Call You Sh*!head
I feel so blessed that my family and I were able to get to the beach during the Christmas-New Year’s week holiday. I thoroughly enjoyed the time with them and of course the warm sun. One afternoon, we were just relaxing, sitting on the beach, and I felt a tap on my head. I thought it was one of my kids knocking my hat off but then some screams quickly ensued. I took off the hat and was shocked to see a big splatter of bird shit on the brim. I had been shit on!
With a mixture of laughing, screaming, and grossness, I ran to the ocean and quickly rinsed it off. Because it was so fresh it came right out. The kids laughed and we all enjoyed the moment. After a pause, my father-in-law, Eugene, blurted out “Now I can really call you shithead!”
You talk about timing. That was just the funniest line and we all burst out laughing. It was great fun!
So, how do you write an education leadership blog and tie it into getting shit on by a seagull at the beach?
Well here are a few thoughts:
One: It happens. Whether you’re at a wedding, on the golf course, exercising, or just sitting outside, you can and may get shit on. It happens with bad situations & bad luck all the time.
Two: It’s not permanent. You might ruin an outfit or a shirt but it is not permanent. Life moves on. Wash up and keep moving.
Three: Everyone has to go. I was not an intentional target, and everyone has to poop.
Four: There’s a lot of shit out there. In our lives, our work, our families and in social situations there’s a lot of shit. Some people throw it around intentionally and know that in life you’re going to get your hands dirty. It’s never perfect and it’s never clean. The best ones can shake it off, clean themselves up, and keep moving.
It could’ve been a lot worse right? In just a few seconds that shit was gone and I was back to enjoying the beach. Keep rolling friends. When you get shit on, clean it off, and keep rolling!
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