"A storm is coming but I don’t mind. People are dying
I close my blinds. All that I know is I’m breathing now. I
want to change the world instead I sleep. .. All that I know
is I’m breathing. All I can do is keep breathing. All we can
do is keep breathing now.” Ingrid
Michaelson’s “Keep Breathing” is a
beautiful depiction of an ugly mindset.
How many times have you or I said,
“Yea it would be nice to be able to make
a difference, but it’s too hard.” Or, “I
agree that is very important issue but
maybe we should focus on something
more do-able.” Knowing that something
should be done but failing to make an
effort because it is seen as too hard,
too radical, too time consuming, or
too big is the reason so many things
we see in the world and on our campus and continuously
complain about have not improved. It is said that where
there is a “will there is a way” and it is this attitude that is
the true essence of leadership. Leadership is influence.
Leadership is paving a way. Leadership is taking initiative.
Leadership is knowing when to say no but never simply not
trying because we don’t see a way of making it happen.
Think about it. If one person hadn’t gotten frustrated enough
to add sleeves to a blanket, many of us would still be
struggling without the Snuggie today.
This is a humorous example but true. All
it took was one person seeing an area of
needed improvement that incited action
in others to get the job done. Omicron
Delta Kappa is an organization founded
on leadership and not only leadership
but as our motto says: “Leadership at its
Best.” It is our hope that with an action
as small as making a newsletter we will
incite more leaders from our campus to
emerge and existing leaders to continue
to push themselves to do things that
truly make a difference. Leadership is not about popularity
or looks it is simply about seeing a need and making a
change. It’s about pushing forward while so many people
criticize and belittle your ideas and actions. If someone hadn’t
continued on the path they first set my arms would be cold.
“Nothing limits achievement like small
thinking. Nothing equals possibilities like
unleashed thinking.” -William Arthur Ward
“When we seek to discover the best in
others, we somehow bring out the best in
ourselves.” -William Arthur Ward
Allow your organizational members an
opportunity to express themselves, do
not belittle or discourage conversations,
because you will ultimately hurt your
organization in the long run.
OATS: Organization of Athletic Trainers
They live by the mantra; No Timeouts, No Halftimes, No Off-season.
Athletic Trainers at SFA work year round to keep student athletes at
optimal playing conditions. The results have been seen with numerous
conference championship awards, NCAA Basketball Tournament
appearances and some record-breaking seasons across all sports. Aside
from spending countless hours making sure our student athletes are
able to compete at peak levels, these athletic trainers have also found
time to create a unique organization. OATS is more than just athletic
training, it’s an organization that strives to give back to both SFA and the
OATS members have also raised money and awareness for the
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) foundation.
In addition, their garage sale slated for Nov. 8, 2009, will raise money for
the Women’s Shelter of Nacogdoches. Spare furniture and clothing will
be donated to the Women’s Shelter as well.
OATS primary fundraising goes toward allowing student athletic trainers
to attend the National Athletic Training Association convention. This
organization may be small, but it makes up for its size with its continued
contribution. So, the next time you see an athletic trainer on the sideline
with a water bottle, don’t fall under the false pretense that this is all they
can do. You see, SFA athletic trainers are experts in injury prevention,
assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.