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Leadership, Social Justice, Students, Teaching

A Fight with Injustice: Will You Show Up?

06 June 10

cc flickr photo: by jfin.ch

We’ve been put on this stunning planet to do much more than just “get by.”  ~ Palmer Chinchen

Do you ever find yourself plagued by indecision and self-doubt, wondering about your place (and contribution) in the world?

  • Am I doing what I was meant to be doing?
  • Is there something else I should be doing?
  • Am I doing enough?

As indicated by the quote at the beginning of this post, we are here to thrive, not simply survive.  That is why it is important to continually reflect on our purpose in life and be willing to make changes in order to meet our personal potential to positively affect others and have a lasting impact on our world.

At this morning’s church service, I had the pleasure of listening to an inspirational talk by Bob Goff, the founder of Restore International (a non-profit organization with the mission of addressing issues of injustice in the world).  Mr. Goff encouraged his audience not to minimize, or diminish, our expectations for the potential of our world.  Instead, we should expect everything–shoot for the moon, so to speak.  When we consider what it takes to have a lasting and significant impact on others, love is central.  But too often, we feel the need to over plan and turn opportunities into “teachable” moments, when sometimes, as Mr. Goff expressed, “love just does.”  Actions speak louder than words.  When you see opportunities to make a difference, to make the world a better place, will you show up?

Mr. Goff encouraged the audience to “pick a fight” with something in the world, and run barefoot toward it.  Find an injustice, an inequity, or a wrong and take steps to make it right.  For those of us working with the young people of the world, this is an opportunity to engage our school communities in meaningful change, a chance for student’s and staff to have a direct and meaningful impact on others.  So, as Mr. Goff suggested, encourage others to bring what they’ve got to the fight and be secretly incredibly.  Go beyond surviving and thrive!

I will continue to ask myself, am I doing enough? I will also seize opportunities to run barefoot into the fight.

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K-12 administrator, sports fanatic, bicycling enthusiast, and jedi in my own mind.

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