This week was one of those weeks...you know the one where frustration and doubt are front and center? Where you let those negative thoughts consume you, detour you, get you down. This is when I am so thankful to have people in my corner who not only support me, but keep me straight.
I started spinning on something that had nothing to do with me and I had no control over, yet I spiraled in to "I'm done...I can't make a difference...why even try?". I started questioning my purpose, whether I was better off when I was in my four walls, oblivious to what was happening outside...when I was small and quiet.
That is when I got the text "Ignore the chatter, focus on the mission". But I had to ask the question back "What IS my mission?" The response was "Changing school". Well there it is, can't argue with that one. The next question was, how do I do that? I have very limited control or power to create change. In which I was hit with...
Truth...in my face! Time to pick myself up...stop whining and fight. We all have a megaphone, how do we choose to use it? We must use our platforms to create a difference...for the better. My megaphone reach may not be far or wide, but that doesn't matter. As long as it is used for good.
I believe I personally have four platforms:
Within each of those, I always weave through the same ideas, questions and themes. These are the things that I am passionate about, so they can't help but come through. Anyone that has read any of these blogs, exchanged tweets or words with me, should know my purpose. And my friend hit is on the nose: Change school. Our kids deserve better! Everything I do, falls under that umbrella.
It is interesting as I have found, especially this week, that I am not alone in feeling uncertain of my path, of my purpose. That same night, I found myself telling someone else "You are needed...you are blazing a much needed path for others to follow. Suit up, stand up and fight passionately for your purpose.". I have said before that I am my own "Worst Advocate" as I can easily encourage others to do the things that I need others to encourage me.
So here is my call to action: Find your megaphone and use it! Everyone has one...how can you use it to evoke positive change? What is your purpose, your passion? Pursue that, share that and know that you ALWAYS have the power to make a difference. YOU are needed! Use your voice. Use that megaphone for good!
Mother, teacher, TOSA, GCE Level 1 & 2, Encourager of others.
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