And maybe that is part of what is needed in times like these — a willingness to keep our eyes up and looking toward the future, on that dream that we have for all of our students, instead of “on the ground” or the drudgery of daily tasks, the challenges, and the red-tape.
Glad to see you found some time to write, Mark.
Self-care is so important, particularly for leaders. In Australia, too many principals burn out, suffer health problems, or worse, because they refused to seek help, and constantly “extend their line of credit”. I saw it first hand after we lost our admin building and staff room to a fire. We spent two years working out of our tiny library, which was incredibly tough for staff, but the workload on our standalone leader to manage our sites complexities on top of a rebuild was debilitating. Look after yourself, your school, staff and students need you at your best.
Keep your eyes up!