13,505 Days

Today is the day.  Day 13,505.  37 years in the as a teacher, coach and administrator will draw to a close as the final out is recorded at the baseball game tonight in Jefferson.

I’ve experienced alot.
I’ve celebrated.
I’ve agonized.
I’ve laughed.
I’ve cried.
I’ve learned alot. 

Here are five (of many) simple lessons I’ve learned in the past 13,504 days. 

1.  Be as consistent as you can in your decision making. 

It’s a given that not everyone will like every decision but I found that if I could strive for consistency and treating people and programs consistently I could feel good about what I was doing.  Be consistent with your demeanor, your attitude and your effort too.

2.  Be patient. 

You don’t have to respond right away or rush into potential big decisions.  It’s OK to say I don’t know yet but I will find out and get right back with you.  Make sure you get back with the person though.  Fake it until you make it is not a good recipe for leadership.

3.  Show empathy and grace. 

We all need it and we need to give more of it.  I felt my leadership move to another level when I offered more grace and less judgement.  I felt my personal relationships improve as well.

4. Think long term. 

Not short term.  Be a visionary and develop a plan to get there.  The journey isn’t always easy or the path straight but it is worth it.  Every step is a step closer to where you want to be.  Believe in the process.

And…the biggest and best lesson I have learned and grown to appreciate.

5.  Be intentional about the moments. 

Cherish the moments. Don’t take them for granted and help others experience their moments too.  If you can learn to do that the impact that you have on those around you will be powerful.

I am thankful for the lessons.  All of them.  The good lessons and the hard lessons.
They have all helped me to be better.

Embrace every day, every moment.  They will  all add up to a wonderful life changing experience.

I have been blessed and am grateful for 13,504 days.  Here’s to number 13,505 today.

I’m cheering for you and your day today too.

#leadership #motivation #coaching
#bebetter #beblessed


Published by toddagordon

Currently in his 37th year in the education field. Currently the District Activities Director at Greene County Community Schools in Jefferson, Iowa. Celebrating 37 years of marriage with Deb. Deb works remotely as the Assistant Controller for Treynor (IA) State Bank. We have 3 kids, two son in laws, a daughter in law, two wonderful grandsons, Jonathan and Parker, and three lovely granddaughters, Mia, Madison and Faye. Nicole and Brett are parents to Jonathan and Madison, and are working in ministry in Urbandale, IA. AJ and Regan live in Waukee, IA. A.J. currently works for Thrivent after a few years coaching college basketball including winning a National Championship as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Graceland University. Regan is a Kindergarten teacher with the Des Moines Public Schools at Hubbell Elementary School. Abby and Anthony are parents to Parker and Mia and they outside of Ogden, IA. Abby works as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Anthony works for a landscaping company.

One thought on “13,505 Days

  1. Congratulations my friend! Well done…I am looking forward to watching and being a part of all that is next in the journey for you! Love you…enjoy Day 1 today!


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