Mr. Sumner - Principal
1. If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph. (If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote: Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?)
“Whatever you are, be a good one.” -Abraham Lincoln
When I was in high school I remember having a conversation with my father. I wanted to learn from him and get his opinion on things I was working on and struggling with. One of the items we discussed was what to do for a career. After talking about what I like to do and what I don't like to do, my dad shared the advice that is found in the quote from Abraham Lincoln by telling me I get to choose what I want to do, but whatever I do, work to be good at it. I reflect on this advice and it can be applied to all parts of life. If I want to be a friend, I need to do my best to be a good friend. If I want to be a father, I need to do my best to be a good father. If I want to get good grades, do my best to get good grades. If I go to school to be a teacher, be a good teacher. Whatever you want to do, be the best you can be by doing your best. If you do your best, that's enough. Not long ago my daughter and I were talking about grades and she was frustrated she had a “C” in a very difficult class. I asked her if she worked hard in the class, and she said yes. I asked her if she did everything she could, she said yes. I told her, “Then that is good enough.” My advice to her was always do your best. We will all fail and struggle, but we can take these struggles and learn from them to do better. It's okay to fail; let's just learn and be better for it.
2. What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.)
One of the areas I feel is the best investment is to make time for yourself. There are so many things that can take our time and attention. Most of the time the items we spend time doing are amazing and worthwhile, but I have learned later in my life that we need to take time and invest in ourselves. Take time to work out, go on a hike, read a book, talk to a friend, visit family, watch your favorite show. We need to have hobbies in our lives that we look forward to. We can work hard, but we also need to have a reward for ourselves by doing something we love. It's a balance of work and fun.
3. What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
I enjoy riding my bike and hiking. While these things are not absurd, I love to do them when I get the time. When I go I'm usually gone for a long time, so it becomes a little excessive. When we start getting a lot of snow I can't ride my bike, but I can hike with snowshoes. I have some favorite places to go that are very quiet and peaceful. A quick story with snowshoeing was one night it was completely dark and I was at the top of Payson Canyon when I saw some large cat tracks. I followed them for a while, hoping to see a mountain lion. After tracking them for a while, I realized how slow I was and how fast the lion would be. I realized I was tracking him, but I turned around and headed home hoping he was not tracking me.