Notes from Jackson Street: The Newnan High morning carpool


By JOHN A. WINTERS, Publisher

For more than a decade, one, sometimes two at the same time, of our boys have walked the halls of Newnan High School.

Affectionately known as the SONS of Thunder, the last of the three graduates this year.

There is an adopted fourth SON, the best friend of the youngest, who used to carpool with us every morning before they got the Sacred License.

And each morning, the Fourth would read the Words of Wisdom from the Sage of NHS, Dr. P.

In his human form, he is known as Dr. Chase Puckett, NHS principal.

Now that they drive themselves, I read the Words alone with my morning coffee. With graduation upon us, I have selected a few that I hope our graduates will continue to meditate on and follow …

“There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others.  Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections!”

“I’m glad you are here today and we get to walk this journey!  Have a good morning!” Dr. P

“Starting strong is good.  Finishing strong is epic. Let’s have a great day!”  Dr. P

“The difference between the best and the rest is the work ethic, the belief, the preparation, the skill, and the will!”  J Gordon

“Press forward and do your best!” Dr. P

“Life’s a dance you learn as you go.  Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.  Don’t worry about what you don’t know. Life’s a dance you learn as you go.”  JM Montgomery

“Dancing is moving while trying not to step on anyone’s toes, pretty much the same as life.  Have a great day and enjoy the dance, whether you think you can dance or not!  Have fun!“ Dr. P

“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we  dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams!”  Albert Einstein

“Keep dreaming, keep dancing!  Have a great day!”

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”  Motto of the Special Olympics.

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”  Dr. Seuss

“May we always strive to make sure everyone who comes into contact with us on life’s journey takes a good memory with them into the future!    Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it!  Make some memories!”  Dr. P

“This is the real secret of life…to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now!  Instead of calling it work, realize it is play if you make it a goal to have fun! Have a good day!”  Dr. P

“It’s okay to count down the days sometimes.  It’s also okay instead of counting down the days we endure to instead look for all the ways we can make the remaining days count the most!”

“Counting Down the Days vs Making the Days Count.”

“Friendship and laughter are wildly underrated medications.  Let’s spread a few doses for those struggling with the pains of life!”

“If you can laugh together, you can work together.”  R. Orben

“Work hard.  Have fun.  Be yourself.  Make a difference.  And unless it’s theater,  avoid drama.”

“People will judge you for no reason.  Rather than throw stones back, use the stones they cast to build a solid foundation in your mind, because once you are strong, you are unstoppable.”

“We don’t drift into good directions.  We discipline and prioritize ourselves there.”  A Stanley

“Where are you in meeting your goals?  It’s okay to revisit them, reboot, or even set new goals!  It takes discipline which we create by doing the same positive things over and over again until they become habit.”

“Enjoy today!  Make it your own!”  Dr. P

“Be excellent to each other.”   Bill

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