So many times I have seen how much our jobs are like those of servant leaders. We must continually give of ourselves day after day not only to our students, but to their families, our co-workers, and our own families.
Because of how our jobs so easily look like servant leadership I think sometimes we forget that, as good people, we still need to serve others in different ways than just teaching and giving up of time.
This week I was able to help serve food in the cafeteria. It was something that had been on my "to-do" list for a while. Monday evening and Tuesday morning before work I took an hour and a half "Safe Food Handler" course and then a 40 question test. I passed and got certified to handle food!
It was such a joy to serve next to our hard working cafeteria ladies as they serve our students every day, many many many times thanklessly. I loved the looks on kids faces. My favorite quote of the day? "Mr. Nesloney, do you still work as our principal or were you fired?"
With the world we live in today, especially with the way our future political leaders act, it is so much more important now that we show compassion and servant hearts towards all. So often our custodial or cafeteria staff are viewed as "less than" the rest of our school family. I wanted to show our students that we can stand next to anyone, regardless of stature, race, viewpoints, whatever and still do something good.
I don't share this as a "woah look at me!" story. There are numerous instances on a daily basis where I haven't served in the way that I should have. Where I haven't set the example I know I wanted to set. But life is about learning. It's about growing. And it's about continually finding ways to get better.