I received a heartwarming letter from a local Houstonian who is an assistant principal and had attended the Realty Investment Club of Houston (RICH) workshop on Saturday September 5th, where she heard my speech on Bringing the Bright Sunny Future into the Present! Given all that myself and the Gallery Furniture family have been through over the past year has really put so much into perspective - and I do enjoy sharing those experiences with fellow members of the Houston community. Adversity can be overcome, good will always conquer evil, and proper planning prevents poor performance - these tenets are things that I feel all of us can believe in and as a result we can better not just ourselves, but the communities we live in.
In her letter she explained how, after years of feeling let down by government bureaucracy, she decided to stop and take stock of how positive a life she really does have. Instead of complaining, this young woman decided to take the bull by the horns and start being positive and working harder! She is now aware of just how lucky she is in her position, and instead of complaining or being frustrated while waiting on higher-ups to make change, she focuses on just how wonderful her students and school are. She realizes the value of her position, and the positive impact she can bring to teachers and students alike in her role as assistant principal - in her letter she wrote "I get to be the one to help them and make a difference down the road in their lives! Shame on me for forgetting that for a little while. Even just a little while is too long when it comes to working with the lives of students!"
Pope John Paul II wrote in his famous Laborem exercens that "THROUGH WORK man must earn his daily bread and contribute to the continual advance of science and technology and, above all, to elevating unceasingly the cultural and moral level of the society within which he lives…" and no words ring more true than these when it comes to overcoming adversity. When you're down, you focus and fight on, you work harder to make things better, and you put that axe to the grindstone and you contribute not just to your own well-being, but to the well-being of others around you. In this way, you elevate the world. I am truly happy to see this young Houstonian gain so much from my speech and that she took away a core belief of the Gallery Furniture family: "If it is to be, it is up to me" - and now she practices that at the school where she works serving to mold the future leaders of our community.
This young woman knows that to make it right at her school she will be the one to act, to make positive change, and to grow and nurture those kids. Gallery Furniture salutes all those hardworking Houstonians who, day in and day out, look beyond the hard circumstances and take it upon themselves to work hard to raise themselves and their family up. In this, they help to make the world a better place for all. True change begins in the self, and with a commitment to a positive attitude and hard work.