Human Connections Matter: Joe Beckman Follow Up
The holiday season is a time for joy and happiness. The start of the new year brings an opportunity for resolutions and a fresh start. As we enter the winter break, meeting with friends and family as well as just getting some opportunity for some rest and relaxation, I would like to take the opportunity to share some key points that were recently shared with our school district from a featured speaker. In collaboration with the Jesup Ministerial Association, we brought motivational speaker Joe Beckman to our school and community. Joe spoke with our middle school students, high school students, as well as hosted a parent/community session that evening. Since Joe’s visit, he has sent various follow up notes, social media post, and video messages to our community. We, along with Joe, hope that his messages not only resonated with all of us that day, but more importantly that we carry those same key points forward in our daily lives. Below are some of the main topics that were shared and I ask that you continue to reflect on how these can take place in your own personal lives.
Be a Difference Maker, not a Difference Faker- Joe spoke with our middle school students and parents about the importance of simply doing just one kind deed for one person each day. This one simple act of kindness can have a ripple effect across many lives. Step up and make a difference with someone else rather than when it may seem easier to just pass it by or look away.
Love You, Push Through, Just Look Up
Love You- Joe shared with our high school students and parents the importance to Love You. Remind yourself that you are enough, every single day. You are perfect in how you were created and have every reason to love yourself for just being you.
Push Through- We all face adversity and challenges in our lives every single day. Take that the attitude of “Now what” instead of “Why me.” We learn from every experience that we encounter whether it is good or bad. We turn those moments into now what by “pushing through”.
Just Look Up- Lastly in his trifecta of inspiration, Joe emphasized the importance of human connections by reminding us to “Just Look Up”. Whether it is your phone, your tv, your computer screen, or anything else that is distracting you from having connections with others, it is important to make it a point to take a break, just look up, and connect with other human beings.
Laughter, Love, and Listening to Your Child. Be Present with Them.- The last key message that Joe shared with the parents and community group that evening was for us to remember the importance of being engaged with our children (sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, students, etc.). Make time and be purposeful in ensuring opportunities to laugh, show love, and listen to our young people. Be Present!
In closing, these are just a few of the many great messages that Joe shared with all of us in his visit. For more information on Joe Beckman or to revisit some of these same key points even further, more information can be found at https://joebeckman.com/.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!