4 Monday Motivation


IMPROVISE, ADAPT & OVERCOME is my motto as a teacher, coach, father, husband and citizen.  It is a simple mantra that I use during challenging moments.  It reminds me to do what I can, when it counts and do it well.  These three words have served me well since stepping up to the podium and since hanging the whistle around my neck.  If applied to your own life, they will serve you well too.

In a perfect world we would all be motivated to fulfill our daily obligations with discipline, dedication and diligence.  After a restful weekend or after a busy weekend, sometimes we need reminding about why we get up early, grind it out and get things done.  Monday Motivation is my simple effort to "kick-start" your inner fire the first time we meet each week.  Enjoy!

The Coming Man of the World
By: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

c. 1891

Oh, not for the great departed
Who formed our country’s laws,
And not for the bravest-hearted
Who died in freedom’s cause;
And not for some living hero,
To whom all bend the knee,
My muse shall raise her song of praise,
But for the Man to be.

For out of the strife which women
Are passing through today,
A man that is more than human
Shall surely be born, I say;
A man in whose pure spirit
No dross of self will lurk,
A man who is strong to cope with wrong,
A Man who is proud to work.

A man with hope undaunted,
A man with God-like power,
Shall come when he is wanted,
Shall come at the needed hour.
He shall silence the din and clamor
Of clan disputing clan,
And toil’s long fight with purse-proud might
Shall triumph through this Man.

I know he is coming, coming,
To help, to guide, to save.
Though I hear no martial drumming
And see no flags that wave.
But the great soul-travail of woman,
And the bold, free thought unfurled,
And heralds that say he is on the way,
The coming Man of the world.

Mourn not for the vanished ages
With their grand, heroic men,
Who dwell in history’s pages
And live in the poet’s pen.
For the grandest times are before us,
And the world is yet to see
The noblest work of this old earth
In the Men that are to be.

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