If you want to change the world – Make your bed!

In many of my Cardijn speeches I have quoted Joseph Cardijn “YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD”, a task often too big to even contemplate. Where do you start? But start we must, if only it makes a simple difference to someone or something.

This week I came across an inspirational speech by retired Admiral William H. McRaven from the US Navy, which connected with Joseph Cardijn’s message. Titled “If you want to change the world – begin by making your bed”. Admiral McRaven explains how his training with the Navy Seals prepared him for life, he explains a philosophy which resonates with me, a powerful attitude which has many applications.

Making your bed is the first task of the day, a simple task but if accomplished it prepares you for the next task and whilst it is a little task in life, it matters and tells you that the little things in life matter and now you are ready for the bigger tasks and get them right. If you have a bad day at least you have a nice bed to go to at the end of the day. Tomorrow would bring a new challenge.

He explains the lessons from his training and how it relates to how you might tackle the challenges of life. He is inspirational and will give you a real lift to the day and how you might make tomorrow a better day.

It is just 6 mins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G11vVf9nSbc

I would be interested in your thoughts?

Dr Paul Rijken is principal of Cardijn College, an R-12 co-educational Catholic school in the Marist tradition, deeply inspired by the method of College patron Joseph Cardijn with a foundation built on the three pillars of his teachings; to See, Judge and Act. Educating and inspiring students in the beautiful Southern Vales region of Adelaide since 1984, Cardijn has grown to encompass three schools, each with distinct offerings. Cardijn College Galilee at Aldinga offers Reception to Year 7, expanding to include Year 8 in 2022 and Year 9 in 2023. Cardijn College at Noarlunga Downs offers Years 7-12 and is renowned for academic excellence and a vibrant extra-curricular program. Cardijn College Marcellin at Christie Downs provides a wide variety of vocational education and training opportunities for students in Years 10 – 12 and beyond, with relationships that extend well into their careers. With a current enrolment of 1750 students and 240 staff, Cardijn College is an institution which strives to be a beacon of faith in the community, with students who have enormous influence and impact on both a local and global level. Paul has been the principal at Cardijn College since 2005. He has a Ph.D. from Curtin University in Science and Mathematics Education. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders.

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