On Monday, August 21, 2017 the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. Oregon has the special opportunity to be in the path of totality. From Newport to Ontario, Oregonians will be able to take part in what is being called a celestial event.
From this remarkable experience, as leaders, here are a few leadership analogies you can pull from the 2017 Solar Eclipse.
- Don’t let the shadow of your past eclipse the brightness of your future.
It’s unfair to judge a person by their past—but as leaders, our pasts are sometimes put in the spotlight. How can we move forward if we are always linked to our past? First, you learn from your past, and second, you move forward. Successful individuals like Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Mark Cuban, and Sir James Dyson all came from challenging backgrounds. While our backgrounds may be filled with mistakes or with the circumstances we were born into, our futures are unwritten.
- Even the moon—as little as it—can hide the sun for even a moment.
Did you know that the sun’s diameter is about 400 times larger than the moon? But around 2 times each calendar year, the moon blocks the sun, leaving a shadow on earth. As leaders, our challenges can seem as large as the sun, but even every now and again, your power can overcome the power those challenges bring.
- The sun always comes again.
Each year, high school can become a little more challenging. In our schools today, students of all kinds are struggling to deal with the stress that comes from academics, athletics, and activities. During a total eclipse, the moon shields the sun and causes about two minutes of darkness. But, at the end of that darkness the sun comes out again. When looking for a positive light in your life, try out mindfulness. Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment. This can be done through meditation and journaling.
If you have the chance to experience the solar eclipse, write down your experience and share it with us!