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"Control what you can control"

Greg Wilde
Greg Wilde (6 posts) Deputy Head of Primary View Profile

Welcome to this month's Head of Primary Blog. The above quote, I use a lot in my own life when I feel things are becoming overwhelming and I can feel it impacting on my wellbeing.  

What I did not realise is that it is also used by a famous tennis player: Andre Agassi. As a keen tennis player myself, it was a pleasant surprise to see this shared philosophy. I am using this blog to explore this idea further.

In the recent Virtual School Experience Parent Survey, we had responses that summarised feelings about an eventual return of face-to-face learning.  It was great to see so many positives and a general sense of excitement for a return; however, it is only natural for there to be also feelings of anxiety. Whatever emotions we experience for any given event, they are all valid and need to be acknowledged and appreciated.

The key is learning how to deal with them in the best and most positive way. This brings me back to this key idea of ‘control what we can control’. Our own imaginations can sometimes be our worst enemies where we focus on ‘worst case scenarios’ whereas often the eventual reality is much better. We need to take time to focus on what is in our control and know/appreciate that other things are and will be out of our control.

I am a huge fan of poetry and the poem ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling is great in summing up this concept. In fact, any lover of tennis can probably tell you that several of the lines of ‘If—’ are hanging in the player’s entrance at Centre Court Wimbledon in England. The lines that are displayed read...

If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same.”  

Below image credits to Rolex.

wimbledon image

Here is the full poem and a video recording of it being read. I hope that the words resonate with you and provide a renewed sense of hope and determination as we head, together as a school community, into our next chapter.

- Greg


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If by Rudyard Kipling

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