Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday Ponderance 9.14.2009

The Monday Ponderance has returned. Each Monday, at the morning assembly, I will present a quote or a story that I hope the community will take a moment to ponder and try to apply to their daily life. Below is today's Ponderance:

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.

- John Burroughs

The idea of owning our mistakes is an integral part of the Honor Code. As we heard the other day, we expect that we will all

“…respect all people and things, be honest with ourselves and others, [and] take responsibility for ourselves and others…”

When we make mistakes or slip up: get a bad grade, miss a shot, lose a game at recess, forget a homework, find ourselves in a place we shouldn’t be or leave a laptop unattended, (which WILL happen because we all make mistakes), we aren’t failures until we shirk accountability. We can all control how we react to failure, and the most successful people embrace it as an opportunity to learn.

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