Wake Up. It’s Time to Get Up for School.

Wake Up. It’s Time to Get Up for School.

Wake Up! It’s Time to Get Up for School.
A Blog by Pádraic Ó Máille.

A client of mine went to wake up his son for the first day back at school earlier this week.

‘I’m not getting up’ said the son sleepily.

‘Why ever not? asked the Dad reasonably.

‘Three reasons’ said the son defiantly.

‘Firstly, I hate school. Secondly, I hate the students. And worst of all, I hate the teachers.’

‘Now listen here to me’ replied the Dad a tad more testily.

‘Here are three alternative reasons to get up. Firstly, like it or like it not, it’s your duty. Secondly, you’re 45 years of age. And thirdly, you’re the headmaster.’

I love that story.

We can all relate to the incipient despondency of ending holidays and starting back again into the ritual of school, learning and discipline.

At times like this we need mature and caring allies in our corner who have the assertiveness to wake us up, listen to our concerns and give us feedback on our purpose, our abilities and our responsibilities.

What distinguishes us from all other species is our incontrovertible ability to learn. Research shows that learning begins in the womb and continues on to the moment we pass. As Michael J. Gelb said ‘your brain has a capacity for learning that is virtually limitless, which makes every human a potential genius.’ Eric Hoffer built on this by proclaiming that ‘In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.’

One person that was a prolific learner and teacher alike was Bríd Fox-Garvey. Over 15 years ago she founded Cater Care and it quickly became the single best Food Safety & HACCP training company in the country. Bríd passed on last week. Her leaving will be a massive loss to her husband Liam, her extended family, the team in Cater Care and all her friends in SMÁCHT. To them we extend our deepest sympathy.

Bríd may no longer be with us in body but her spirit and legacy will endure forever. I can hear her exhort us in those infectiously positive, enthusiastic and uplifting tones to:

‘Wake up. The school you are enrolled in is ‘Life.’ It’s open today. The clock is ticking. And you are both student and headmaster.’

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n’anam.

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  • Comment by Martin Tully — September 9, 2016 @ 12:11 pm

    Padraic..a lovely story..3 little boys in school were talking about how fast their daddy was..1st boy said his dad was a pilot at baldonnel and he goes down the runway at hundreds of miles an hr… 2nd boy says his daddy doesnt live with his mammy anymore and is in a rocket station in america and he goes to the moon twice a week on a tues and thur and he goes at millions of miles an hr….the 3rd boy said his daddy was much faster than both…..his daddy was a gardener with the corpo….he works from 8 to 5 every day and he is home at 3 oclock PS….. Great to hear from you again I hope Mayo bring Sam back to the west……They need to be faster than the Dubs.

  • Comment by Patricia — September 9, 2016 @ 1:41 pm

    Great message there for us all Padraic, I’m so sorry to read of Brid’s passing , I had not heard .

  • Comment by Padraic O Maille — September 10, 2016 @ 8:45 am

    Great story Martin. I look forward to using it many times if that’s ok with you. Hope things continue to bloom! Pádraic.

  • Comment by Padraic O Maille — September 10, 2016 @ 8:46 am

    Yip Patricia. I guess the message is to wake up and live. No one better than yourself for doing that. See you Monday week dv. Pádraic.

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