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Important things in life make a difference

By BY ROBERT JAKLICH
Dec. 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.

Robert Jaklich

Confucius once stated; "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." This statement clearly identifies our outstanding VISD employees and our Board of Trustees. As we move closer to the Christmas holiday season, we experience more and more opportunities to reflect on what is important in our lives and what gives our lives meaning. Author Sarah Ban Breathnach once said, "When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that is present . we experience heaven on earth."

As we continually strive to create a quality learning environment, quality instructional programs and quality opportunities for all students and staff, we realize that our actions all come down to choice. The choices we make in these critical moments help to form us and to inform others about who we are. In the story "Live a Life That Matters," the author asks the reader, "When it is all said and done, how will the value of your days be measured?" What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave. What will matter is not your success but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught. What will matter most is that the world may be different because YOU were important in the life of a child. Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It is not a matter of circumstance; it is a matter of choice.

In VISD, we realize that choice, not chance, determines our destiny, and we thank our community for choosing to believe in us. We look forward to working together as we cultivate our "612 Square Miles of Excellence," and we thank you for reminding us all: VISD is too great for small dreams.

Robert Jaklich is the superintendent for the Victoria Independent School District. Contact him at 361-788-9202 or through the VISD website visd.com.

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