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Smile brightly

Paul Loeb wrote this about Rosa Parks journey “suggests that change is the product of deliberate, incremental action, whereby we join together to try to shape a better world. Sometimes our struggles will fail, as did many earlier efforts of Parks, her peers, and her predecessors. Other times they may bear modest fruits. And at times they will trigger a miraculous outpouring of courage and heart – as happened with Park’s arrest and all that followed. For only when we act despite all our uncertainties and doubts do we have the chance to change.” From the real Rosa Parks, http://paulloeb.org/articles/rosaparks.htm

It takes courage to change. It takes a willingness to step out where you have never stepped before. The reminder is “what is the worst that could happen?” The worst thing that would happen is we would learn something. Even when the results are not what we expected that doesn’t mean that there was a failure, all it means is that the learning we gained was different than we predicted. We must take risks and change. We grow when we take risks and we grow when we change our thoughts, our actions and our opinions.

Take the time to change. Be rewarded by the experience. Smile brightly – smile brightly.

Weakness – not!

For many the word humility means weakness and cowardice. In many cases people are rewarded for being bold and exhibiting an in-charge attitude. This larger than life attitude while accepted in our culture as a necessary ingredient for leadership in actuality is not what leadership is about.

Humility is not a form of weakness but rather a form of strength. A humble leader gives power away to their followers. The strength is then passed on to the follower.

Isn’t humility the ability to accept ourselves for who we are? That is one definition. Humility is a posture we take that allows us to give away power rather than attempting to gain power from others.

Tomorrow, Appreciative Inquiry