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Yoda & Orphan Annie were Promise Informed

By Mrs. Mache L. Larkin August 12, 2019

As we go about our daily lives we find that some days are hard and some are harder, and the challenge is to do what we must to try to make each day the “best one ever”. We do this to give meaning and purpose to our existence.

The Promise of a New Day

Since we inhabitants, of our beautiful blue planet are not perfect, we will sometimes stumble as we reach for lofty goals. The very good news for us is that every 24 hours we receive a fresh, new chance to start the hope expressed in Little Orphan Annie’s outstanding belief that “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow”.

This miracle of the daily renewal process is a gift or bonus to cherish and never be taken for granted. With the rising sun, we get the opportunity to grow and improve. Now, this phenomenon of grace is not magically powered...there is effort involved. So, how do we human beings use this universal investment to create a “best day ever” scenario that becomes a predictable outcome for ourselves and for those we hold most dear?

Not Inherent but a Learned Trait

A clue may lie in the truth of a major characteristic of the human condition...that of Positive Self-Management. It exists stronger in some of us, like Yoda described Luke as, "the Force is strong with this one", or it may lie dormant in others of us waiting to ignite. It is not necessarily inherent, but can be taught and learned. The point is, we all have the potential to acknowledge, develop, and purposefully utilize this powerful tool in the performance of our daily living and personal and professional interaction.

Positive Self-Mangagement Promotes Enhanced Outcomes

Let’s talk more specifically about Positive Self-Management. Sometimes in our daily lives we are met with disappointment or frustration, justifiably or not, in others or in situations. The way we act or manage our communication and emotions during these occasions can make all the difference in the outcome...positive or negative. The power in knowing how to positively manage our actions will better lead to a beneficial strategy and enhanced result.

Positive Self Management is one of the PEAK Standards of the Promise Informed person. It is the controlled choice to act with a supportive purpose of modeled behavior. Knowing what is right and doing what is right is not always easy, but committing to the practice of Positive Self-Management in the pursuit of a more perfect day can help make an imperfect world a better place to build a life.

The Promise of Tomorrow

At day’s end, we can look back and feel grateful for the opportunity to have spared ourselves the regret of having acted impulsively and instead enjoy the gratification of a day well-lived..and the promise that in less than 24 hours, we can wake up to a new day to do it even better.

“Just thinking about tomorrow clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow, ‘til there’s none.

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow. You’re only a day away!”


Mrs. Mache Larkin has been an educator for four decades serving primarily as a Principal of Public, Private, and Charter Elementary, Middle, and High Schools making her one of South Carolina's most experienced and celebrated school administrators. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family including seven grandchildren. She offers her expertise to Promise Informed Schools as the Strategic Counsel to the organization.

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