+ “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
I subscribe to the Christian belief of the Kingdom of God. Which for me is fundamentally about an attainment of hope. Hope in peace, harmony and humanity. You see I believe in the inherent goodness of mankind. I don’t live with rose coloured glasses, but I need to hold on to this belief in my work, in my world.
This week I encountered some personal challenges that speak to the heart of my being and professional integrity. An individual, who lacks the courage to put their name to the issue, cut me to my core. Their false and baseless accusation impacted dramatically on my self belief and jaded my belief in the inherent goodness of others. For the first few days a range of emotions ran through my mind - hurt, anger, disbelief and I even asked whether it’s all actually worth it.
I’m the one charged with the responsibility of asking the hard questions via my role as Deputy Principal. Questions that make some people uncomfortable. This can make me unpopular in the eyes of some. Nonetheless I am unapologetic that the ethics of my vocation should never be compromised, ensure the dignity of each young person in our care. This is my commitment to tomorrow’s generation.
What people need to understand is I don’t seek affirmation or acknowledge for my work. I am remunerated for my vocation. And my real reward is knowing that I have added value and enriched the life of someone else.
I don’t care for lies. I don’t care for gossip and rumor mongering. That’s the domain of the small minded or jealous amongst us. Having said that the actions of one individual have made me question who I am. How dare you ask me to be anything but who I am. I will never apologize for being me. You should apologize for asking me to be anything else.
After my initial reaction and with some time to reflect, I’ve came to the realization that this individual suffers more from imagination than from reality. That they need to focus more on being comfortable in their own skin and live in a world free from the vices hate and envy. I pray that they can find forgiveness in their heart for their actions and their personal shortcomings so they too can strive for real happiness.
So today I have chosen to rise above the issue and free myself from resentment and not allow the pettiness of one impact on my life’s mission to date.
I’m committed to living my best possible life, are you? I’ve always believed self-belief is crucial to our confidence. So I encourage each of you never to allow another to make you feel inferior. I’m unwavering in my resolve to live my life making positive and active choices, on my terms. I define my own meaning without risk of fear or favour.
Continue to live a life worth people talking about. Each of us is responsible for creating our own meaning and actively participating in life to discover our true possibly. And remember life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.
Never allow others to compromise your inner truth. Never be lesser than who you are. You decide.