Tag: life lessons

The answer is not out there.


Many young people think the answer will be found in a magical land known as out there. They can’t wait to graduate high school, move out of their parent’s house, leave the confines of their hometown behind and get out there. Older now, I realize the answer is not out there. The answer has always […]

I never understood why some coworkers refused to wave or say hello.


A simple greeting is such an easy way to humanize yourself at the workplace. Saying hello costs nothing and requires no commitment. Your greeting could spark a smile, which could lead to a conversation, which could result in a good day at work. Remember– you and your coworkers are in this together. Be well, Jay

I once had a supervisor I disagreed with.


I’m sure you can relate. During a performance review, my supervisor told me that my teaching style,  a fusion of storytelling and instruction, was not practical and measurable on state exams. “You’re job is to teach reading and writing skills not to tell bedtime stories.” At the time of our meeting, I’d been teaching for […]

How to Save a Life


Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.” ― James Joyce, The Dead Five years ago I was farting my way through grad school. The plan was to graduate with a Master’s degree in educational administration and become a principal. I didn’t really want […]

Always do the heavy lifting first, kid. A lesson from my father


Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.– Stephen Covey As a teenager, I spent the summers working for my father’s business. Bell Pallet would remove and repair a company’s unwanted pallets for resale. It was dirty, […]

How do people read you?


Show don’t tell is a well-proven writing technique. As Russian writer Anton Chekhov once famously wrote, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” This technique is also applicable to life. It’s easy to tell. Easy to issue orders. Easy to instruct others, inform them what they […]

It’s National Decision Day


May 1st is National Decision Day, the deadline for high school seniors to decide which school they will attend in the fall. For college-bound seniors this is an important day. It represents the first of many, many major choices and changes they will experience as an adult. But for those of who are older, whose […]

These are better days


“Better Days” is one of Bruce Springsteen’s most underrated songs. At the beginning, Springsteen sings about “sitting around” and “waiting for life to beginning.” A position I’m quite familiar with. Yet as the song continues, a rock transformation happens. He acknowledges that every “fool’s got a reason for feelin’ sorry for himself.” He knows that […]

Saturdays are for seizing


Someone once told me Saturdays are for sleeping. At 22 I agreed. At 38,  I couldn’t disagree more. You aren’t going to work. You aren’t going to school. You have a few errands to do. Maybe your children have soccer games this afternoon. Besides that, Saturdays are for seizing. For seizing all the reading, writing, […]

The smartest student I ever taught was also the dumbest


This is a Micro (life) Lesson. Micro (life) Lessons are simple, compressed stories (under 250 words) that, like good teachers, continue to teach long after graduation. If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room. – Confucius I once taught a student who turned down scholarships from several […]