A purposeful life

Anything's possible when you jump into life

A purposeful life. That’s a promising topic for a blog post on success.

The source of this statement makes for an interesting story. Last night my wife and I attended a presentation from the teaching staff at our son’s new secondary school. He’s making the transition from primary (junior) school for the next stage of his schooling life.

When we arrived, the statement ‘A purposeful life’ was up on the board, the first slide of what turned out to be a far more interesting evening than I was expecting. It struck me what a fantastic objective this statement is. And one equally relevant to us older folk who have left school far behind but still yearn for purpose in our lives.

Most 12-year-olds have such a wonderful optimism about life. Anything’s possible. They can be an inventor, race car driver, astronaut or paleontologist. Why? Because no one has told them they can’t.

Children are engaged by life. There’s so much to discover and be excited about. It’s easy for us adults to forget that life can be a discovery, with mortgages, school fees and high pressure jobs weighing on our minds. Perhaps it’s time to take a lesson from the kids.

The principal talked to us about the philosophy of the college:

Their purpose: ‘To enrich the cultural, intellectual and spiritual capabilities of young people to live purposefully in the community’.

She went on to explain the college’s approach for preparing children for the world:

– Every child matters every day

– Know yourself; be yourself

– Build learning through a breadth of experience

– Focus on innovation and creativity

– A strong sense of community

– Have fun

– An exciting journey filled with exploration and opportunities.

I was inspired. This alone is the basis of many self-help books. Perhaps many of us know it, but it also becomes buried in the noise of daily life. I would love again to see the world through the wonder of a child’s eyes. And this also makes me sad for those children whose circumstances don’t allow these opportunities.

Then we heard from the year level coordinator:

Everyone has a place and role irrespective of their differences. There must be a balance across academic results, sport, music and special interests.

Again, these are objectives which in adulthood we constantly strive to achieve – work, life balance.

The college seeks to create partnerships based on expectations, communication, trust, achievement and support networks. To provide clear instructions on what to do and what is expected.

They start the first day of the new school year with a three-day camp. This allows the teachers to get to know the kids and work out who are best suited to work together. From this camp, the classes are formed. The camp teaches team and relationship building, problem-solving strategies, building on strengths and sharing ideas.

The kids are taught to respect everyone and value the differences that exist between them. What a wonderful lesson for us all.

Perhaps we need to dispense with our high priced corporate strategy consultants and ask a year 7 teacher to spend a couple of days in our businesses and talk to us about life? They would make it fun too.

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2 Responses to “A purposeful life”

  1. Marie Farrugia Says:

    Wonderfully written and observed.
    What exactly happens to us between school (childhood) and work (adulthood).
    I wonder if the teachers espousing those words feel that way about their own lives and work?
    Keep up the great Blogging 🙂

    • WorkLifeBankBalance Says:

      Thanks Marie,

      I hope the teachers are passing on the message and they can only do so if they believe it to be true. Many do and I admire the dedication and passion of those teachers who want to make a difference.

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