“I will take the Ring, though I do not know the way.” (Frodo in The Lord of the Rings)
“Humility engenders learning because it beats back the arrogance that puts blinders on…. Because they consistently observe and listen, the humble improve. They don’t assume, ‘I know the way.'” (Wynton Marsalis)
As a school community, we know our destination. We’ve put some of our highest aims in our mission statement, after all: Wisdom, joyful learning, and love for God and others. But choosing these three doesn’t leave out other things, sometimes foundational things, that we hope our students will learn and employ.
Things like Frodo’s “determined humility.” In simple terms, learning together requires us to say with Frodo, “I will…though I do not know the way.” First, not knowing the way shouldn’t keep us from taking up the task, beginning the journey. Second, knowing the destination shouldn’t convince us that we know everything about our way. We want to learn together, and only a determined humility will permit us to observe, to listen, and to actually improve in what we do.
That truth applies to our students, to our faculty and staff, to all in our community, as we work together to glorify God in all that we do.