Weekly during the 2014-2015 school year, And There Came A Day will begin the week with a quote and quick thought about Ignatian Education.
“Impossible to see, the future is.”
Our quote this week features a little cross over between things I often blog about: Ignatian leadership and Star Wars! It seemed appropriate as this weekend saw the Star Wars Celebration held in Anaheim and, if dispatches from it are to be trusted, the event seemed to generate only positive energy from those who attended it. For this post, I considered writing about that kind of positive energy and how leaders should work to generate it, but I’ll save that idea for another time.
For this week, we tap into the voluminous wisdom of Yoda and his statement about the future.
I believe that this statement is very Ignatian in that I don’t think Yoda is telling Luke Skywalker (and us) not to worry about or consider the future. Rather his perspective is work to change the now, work to improve to present, work to realize your potential. This assures a good future and is a very Ignatian concept, indeed.
In schools, the future is often the goal. In Jesuit schools, one of the sign posts that is highlighted is “The Grad at Grad” – the focus on educating the student to be ready to graduate. But, clearly, the emphasis is on the here and now. Too frequently teachers and leaders get caught up in trying to control what is to come. Remember: the future and it is impossible to see…