President Theodore Roosevelt said many years ago, "....the man (woman) who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic--the man (woman) who does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who talks and writes about how it ought to be done."
This quote caused me to truly reflect as to what is most important. And it has caused me to change my mind on something that is very important to me.
On Friday, I blocked my blog so that only certain people could read it. I sent an email to all of my family and friends explaining to them that I had felt violated because of a certain person who took something I wrote and only used part of a sentence. I also posted something on Facebook that I was going to block it without going into much detail.
The response I have gotten has been unbelievable with the number of people who would like to have access it.
After much thought, I have decided that I will not be bullied into doing this. I have written from my heart since I started this blog. I tell stories of family and of things that happen. I write about people who mean much to me and their stories. I write about the humorous things that happen. I do not write about the many difficult challenges that I have in my job and I am very careful about what I write because I know that anyone has access to it. Because of that, I was astounded that someone could take a part of a sentence and use it against me. If that person had written the entire sentence, it would have changed the context. And if anyone took the time to go back and read all of my postings, I would hope that they would see who I am as a person.
I started this blog when Patrick and I went to Ireland in March of 2008. I had truly forgotten how much I love to write. So much of what I have dealt with as a principal and as a superintendent are not things I can write about. For much of my administrative career, the writing I have had to do is technical of nature. This blog has given me an outlet to write about things that I feel are important in my life.
As educators, we teach children about bullying. We do everything to put a stop to it and to also teach children about not being a bully, not being bullied, and not being a bystander who watches the bully in action and does nothing. I need to practice what I preach!! So those of you who knew my mom, know that I have much of her in me. So I am going to take a stand and no longer be bullied. And having this blog back where it is available for anyone to read, is the first step.
I feel as though the first two years here in Douglas were years of getting things in order so that we could move forward. I am truly proud of the accomplishments that have been made. And I intend to see and be a part of what has been started for the next three years. I came to Douglas two years ago hoping that I could make a difference. I feels as though I have brought a lot and we are heading in the right direction in so many ways. I have a wonderful administrative team both at the District level and our school principals. Our teachers and staff are wonderful. And I could not have picked a better Assistant Superintendent who was here when I came. Together, we make a terrific team and collectively, our principals, teachers and staff have shown that children come first in Douglas. The only way that could change is if the Governing Board decides that they don't like what I am doing. And that has not been the case so far.
I will conclude with another quote that I have always liked. It is from Edmund Burke. He said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
My intention is to "continue to do SOMETHING!"