No Kind Gesture Too Small

What a week! Seems like these days everyone is going through something hard. I’m cautious not to be in a place of measuring people’s tough stuff. I’m mindful not to start sentences with “At least…” It feels like that kind of language drives disconnection and can make us feel small. Make us feel shame. And as Brene Brown says, “What we don’t need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human.”

I had a moment in the midst of the work chaos where I thought to myself, “What is something nice I could do for my teammates, so they know they are appreciated?” Seems like lately, that takes a bit more creativity. Especially when your teaching team is working remotely.

So, I sent e-cards. And honestly, it felt so small and almost silly to do on a Tuesday. I found myself wondering if they would internally eyeroll. I wondered if they would even open it, thinking it was spam. But I figured, you know what, if 1 person out of 60 benefits from this little move that took very little time, it was time well-spent.

I was shocked to receive so many responses.

“I need this today.” “

Thank you, I’ve been worried about whether I’m doing a good job.”

“Thank you for reminding me that I’m not alone.”

It’s easy to get so busy with the tactical work that we forget about the real work. That leadership is about how we show up for others. It’s not just about what we do, but it’s about how we do it. It’s about the energy we bring with us when we show up.

There are no small gestures right now. Every person is fighting battles we cannot see. And we never know when a small move, putting forth the slightest effort to encourage a fellow human being will be the fuel they need to try again tomorrow.

It is such a profound honor to support educators who are doing the hard work of making this world a better place for kids. I don’t ever want to take that for granted. I don’t ever want to take educators for granted. We need the work of educators perhaps more than ever.

Educators, I see you. I celebrate you. Keep showing up.

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