Saturday, August 18, 2012
Challenge 6, Part 4: The Self
This quote is really fitting for ME right now. I recently had a conversation revolving around how sensitive I am to feedback and criticism. Don't get me wrong, as an educator I'm always open to any feedback or observations classroom visitors may have - on my classroom, on my teaching - whatever. That is feedback and criticism I like. What I don't like is when someone points out something to me in *that* tone of voice. The one that is dripping with judgement. The one that instantly shuts me down. The one that dulls my sparkle.
Anyway, what my recent conversation was about how I let ONE person dictate what I needed to do. A person that wasn't my "superior" (though she is a senior teacher) and has no power over me. I let her dull my sparkle. What I learned from this recent conversation is that I don't have to stop doing what I'm doing and being who I am because one person (or even a few people) don't like what I'm doing, as long as it isn't impacting them (like, say I chose to poke the person next to me instead of twirl my hair... then they'd have the right to complain!) I am ME. There is only one ME. With ME comes all my quirks.... It's those quirks that sparkle the brightest....