“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The first time I’d heard the secret to being an extraordinarily influential leader was in a conversation with the recently named Missouri Elementary School Principal of the Year. We had just finished speaking about the event we were going to do together for his school and were making our way toward the front of the school.
I looked over at my friend, Matt Miller, and asked why his school was so incredibly successful? Why were the students and faculty thriving while so many other school districts were languishing?
He looked at me, then looked over my head, and then asked me to turn around and read the big sign painted above the doorway:
Matt shared that he had the greatest job in the world. He and his staff got to hang out with kids every day. They got to encourage them to do their best. They got to challenge them to grow. And they got to do all of it simply by loving their students and each other.
So what does this story have to do with you?
Last Tuesday a principal that practiced that same loving mantra was outside doing what she enjoyed most: loving kids.
Susan Jordan had been educating and leading her school and these kids for two decades. And for those two decades, the way she taught, the way she lead and the manner in which she served came from a place of great love. Last Tuesday was a normal day at after school pickup for Susan.
While speaking with several students waiting for their rides, a bus kicked out of gear, jumped the curb and raced toward the small group. Susan saw the bus, grabbed the children, threw them out of the way, and was hit by the bus. She died at the scene doing what she’d spent an entire lifetime doing: loving.
My friends, we don’t become heroes through the way we die, we become heroes through the manner in which we live.
Today, honor Susan’s legacy and choose to be a living example of love to those lucky enough to know you. And choose to keep this brave woman, her staff and her community in your thoughts and prayers.
Today is your day. Live Inspired.
Do you know a person who is a living example of love? Share their story in the comments below.