How Music Helped Me Understand: The Problem with Results by Thad Franklin, Music Director
Results are defined as the consequence, effect, or outcome of something you do. Maybe you’ve worked toward a specific goal and accomplished it. Perhaps you wanted a certain item like shoes, a purse, car, or house. You saved money to purchase it, worked extra hours, borrowed money and now you can say it’s yours. You have your results.
What happens next though? How many of us take the time to appreciate what we’ve accomplished or that new shiny toy we own? If you are like most of us you move on to the next goal or item within a few hours, days, or weeks at the most. Suddenly that big accomplishment seems like a distant memory and it’s off to the races again.
The problem with results is that they are always on the horizon, just out of reach. When we finally reach them there are twenty more things on the horizon that we want or need. This is actually a beautiful idea because what we are trying to do is grow as a person, provide for our families, and use our God given ambition and drive to create, fulfill, and have purpose on this planet. The easy thing to forget, however, is that results are rarely satisfying in the long term.
As a music major in college I would usually spend 8-10 hours in a practice room every day. My music teachers always had new songs or exercises for me and trumpet is a demanding instrument. I spent weeks, months, and years being an unhappy musician. It seemed no matter how hard I worked the results I wanted rarely came. There were very few breakthrough moments and when they did come they were often impossible to replicate the next day.
One day at the end of a particularly brutal practice session it dawned on me: RESULTS ARE OVERRATED. Whatever results I’m looking for are always in the future. Why am I looking at the future when everything I know exists in this moment right now? Sadly, I had gotten so used to looking at the fog of an endless future goal I couldn’t see all of the beautiful things right in front of my face.
Process is defined as a series of actions taken in order to achieve a result. As teachers, process is that thing staring us in the face every single day. In my experience people who love what they do focus on process. Results are simply a bonus. If you want a fit body you need to eat right and exercise. If you refuse to exercise and eat vegetables, then it’s fairly obvious you will never get the results you want. Fall in love with the process. Fall in love with the feeling of your feet hitting the treadmill and results will come out of that love. Fall in love with a musical instrument and the way it feels in your hands. Who cares how it sounds when you play? Fall in love with the small things your significant other does that make them beautifully unique. Choose to fall in love with process because the journey is often more interesting than the destination.
Calendar of Events
Today 4/28: 6:30 PM Academic Fair / Yearbook Fundraiser Orders Due
Wed. 4/29: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Mr. Kapel’s 6th Graders
Thurs. April 30 – Tues. May 5: Grades 7/8 Only to Washington D.C.
Fri. 5/1: Free Dress Day
Mon – Fri. 5/4-5/8: Teacher Appreciation Week
Wed. 5/6: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Mr. Kopecky / 5:30 PM General PTH Meeting
Academic Fair – Tonight – A Student Art Show – 6:30 – 8 pm
Join us tonight at our student art show! Family and friends are welcome to explore our art galleries (classrooms) featuring pottery created by preschool through 5th grade students and art work created by our Middle Schoolers. Due to our clay items that are fragile we are asking families to view exhibits together. Students are not to be unsupervised. Please join us in the Commons after for refreshments.
Human Care Ministry Update
Beginning tonight, April 28, Hope Lutheran Church and School’s Human Care Ministry is providing sleeping quarters for a small group of women and their children through an organization called Mary’s Place, for one week. We had previously decided to host this program for two weeks over the summer but the church that was going to host them beginning tonight realized they couldn’t at the last minute, so we agreed to fill in for them. Their program will not overlap with our students but Mary’s Place will leave sleeping materials in the fellowship hall all week, so during this one week time period, students will eat lunch in their classrooms. For more information, you may call the school office or visit their website http://www.marysplaceseattle.org/.
Grandparents / Special Person Day – May 13
Wednesday, May 13, all grandparents or that special person are invited to attend a day of celebration. We will start off at 8:45 AM with a welcome by our Principal, Mrs. Okabayashi and Pastor Peter in the Sanctuary followed by our Chapel service. On the agenda: brunch with your grandchild, musical performances, and our book fair. Sign-up sheets can be found here and RSVP’s are due Friday, May 8th.
Hope Lutheran School Preschool Lead Teacher Position
Hope Lutheran School seeks a full time preschool 4s lead teacher beginning with the 2015/2016 academic year. Applicants must have experience working with preschool students, along with a strong personal faith and a servant heart. Early childhood education is preferable. Applicants must be professional and have good oral and written communication skills. Hope Lutheran School preschool teachers teach with a play based approach and a creative curriculum, using a variety of learning centers. Interested parties can visit our website at HopeSeattle.org for an application, or call the school office at (206) 935-8500. Interested candidates should submit a resume and application to the school office or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10, 2015.
Financial Aid for 2015/16
Financial aid applications for the 2015/16 school year should be completed by Thursday, April 30, 2013. We hope to make tuition awards in early May this year, so be sure to get your application completed by this due date. You may apply online at sss.nais.org/parents and then click on the “apply now” button. If you need an additional flyer with application information, please stop by the school office.
Yearbook Fundraiser Deadline Today, April 28
Eagle Classic Golf Tournament – Register Here
Afterschool Activities – Click Here
Parent Involvement Program Opportunities – Click Here