Thank you for seeing VISD as it should be
By BY ROBERT JAKLICH
Dec. 15, 2012 at 6:15 a.m.
It has truly been an amazing six months since I have had the honor and privilege to serve as your superintendent of schools. Although we still have much work ahead, our focus on "every child, every classroom, every day," continues to take us to new and exciting heights. As we strive to cultivate our "612 square miles of excellence," we are reminded that each one of us has a choice to serve as a "change agent" and "difference maker" in the lives of our students. The poem "Welcome the Rain" is a great example of how our thoughts and actions can do just that.
Welcome the Rain
As the first raindrops fall to the ground
A businessman lets out an angry sigh
Knowing traffic will be slow, he thinks,
Why me? Why today? Just tell me why!
Outside of town, a farmer scans the horizon
As the storm clouds begin to roll in.
With joy and celebration he calls out,
We are blessed! At last the drought will end!
In every life storms will come:
Adversity, Inconvenience, or Pain.
Only we can choose how we will respond:
To be overwhelmed or to welcome the rain.
It's not about what happens to us.
It's what we think, internalize, and perceive.
It's not about the external events.
It's what we choose to believe.
Harriet Tubman once stated, "Every dream begins with a dreamer." In VISD, we truly believe that we have within us the strength, the will, the patience and the passion to make our dreams come true. When asked what it was like to not be able to see, Helen Keller replied, "The only thing worse than not being able to see is being able to see but have no vision."
On behalf of our Board of Trustees and our entire school district, thank you for seeing VISD as it should be and for reminding us all: "What we choose to believe is what matters most of all."
Robert Jaklich is the superintendent for the Victoria Independent School District. Contact him at 361-788-9202 or through the VISD website visd.com.