Hard Work and Receptivity

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Brad’s note: I started this two weeks ago and never finished it. Too much going on here! So, I am going to publish an unfinished blog in the spirit of the fact that we are never finished in our work in schools…

So, let’s start with the bad news. The three-foot snowstorm that we were expecting last week only brought us eight inches of snow and a rainstorm washed it all away! Even Mr. Weis offered me a hug last Thursday. I am fortunate that so many amazing happened last week to make up for the lousy weather and what most people in the northern hemisphere refer to as “the most depressing week on our calendar.”

When I think of this week I think of the wonderful quote that Alexandria Farrell ’08 shared with us during the alumni panel at our first ever celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday. Ms. Farrell quoted Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience) as saying “Contrary to what we usually believe, moments like these, the best moments in our lives, are not passive, receptive, relaxing times—although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

I find that these ideas speak to the culture we strive to create at Dublin. We are not a campus that seeks to entertain or spoil young people, we hope to be a community that helps create opportunities and human connections that inspire young people to stretch their limits to “accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” These experiences are often difficult to find on a screen or in an easily digestible format. They are hard and I find the timing of matching the opportunity and the student is critical. One of our current parents wrote to me recently about the concept of receptivity. She was thrilled that her son was finally ready to receive the opportunities open to him—the opportunities were there, he just needed to build the relationships and experience the culture to the point where he was confident enough to engage with the community “in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

The Robotics Team at work.

The Robotics Team at work.