My mom used to tell me to “keep it simple, silly…” Sometimes in life it’s that which is most simple that is really the most profound. Upon the recommendation of a friend I recently picked up the book “Make Your Bed, Little Things That Can Change Your Life….And Maybe The World” by Admiral William H. McRaven.
Admiral McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) was the commencement speaker at his alma mater, the University of Texas, in 2014. His address was so well received (4.7 million YouTube views) that his remarks were expanded upon in this book. It’s a simple book of 125 pages that you can read in around an hour. But, while simple, it’s also powerful.
Admiral McRaven sums up his advice by saying, “Remember….start each day with a task completed (make your bed). Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often. But, if you take some risks, step up when times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up – if you do these things, then you can change your life for the better….and maybe the world!”
In Worthington Schools our mission is to empower a community of learners who will change the world. If we as a community can impart the wisdom that Admiral McRaven shares with our children we’re certainly moving in the right direction.
- Trent Bowers, Superintendent
p.s. There is a new emphasis on making our beds first thing in the morning in the Bowers house. My kids love when I read new books….