This call to the parapets comes from Becky Maclean’s fabulous and funny piece, entitled “Time to Make the Donuts!” Find out how to read more of Becky’s from-the-trenches wisdom right here.
At the end of the day, if I haven’t connected, listened, responded, synthesized, pick a verb, appropriately, I’ve failed. This isn’t rocket science. This isn’t magic. It’s recognizing the similarities in every situation, regardless of the differences, and fleshing out the details.
At the end of the day, everyone wants a better place, a better life, a better opportunity. If I’m uncomfortable around homeless people, they will know. If I’m uncomfortable around elderly people or poor people or kids who and have never seen a tomato plant grow, they will know. I have to get over it, fast. I’m not better than anyone else just because I have a piece of paper – and as I say to my kids, no one is better than you.
Sound familiar? Absolutely.
This work isn’t any different than any other profession that helps people. At the end of the day, that’s what we do. Help people and make places better.
It’s no different than teaching your kids not to pick on a kid that’s different from you. It’s no different from building them up and helping them forget that their name or their face or their stutter or their body type is different from normal, whatever that may be.