Men of McCallie,
I keep thinking about the Upper School Chapel, a week ago Monday, when we recognized the veterans in our community. I was truly touched by the program (our thanks to the Richey men) and by your response to it. From my readings and discussions with those who have served, it seems that the most compelling and lasting values each person experienced were the opportunities to be part of something larger than the individual, loving those you work with and endeavoring to be more concerned about their well-being as your own.
Many McCallie Men have proudly answered the call or chosen to serve in the Armed Forces over the years. While this is not a path everyone will take, it is very important, particularly in the formative years of our lives, that we find meaningful ways to be part of something larger than ourselves.
Putting others first keeps our egos in check.
Thinking of others first keeps us from dwelling too much on our own condition.
Putting the greater good above self is the foundation of leadership.
Choosing service and gratitude are actually good for you….not mention those around you.
It creates life-long, meaningful memories and stories to tell for the rest of your life.
Men, if there has been a common theme in the Senior Chapel Talks this year, it is to become part of a team, group, organization, or activity that has a common goal. I, along with the seniors, challenge each of you to put yourself in a position where others are counting on you. It will build your self confidence and self worth…….And, it will make a difference.
I remain thankful to be in a community that embraces this and is willing to help provide the opportunity.
With appreciation and Happy Thanksgiving!