Say this out loud: " I am valuable. I am enough. I have a voice. I am seen. I am capable."
Now believe what you said with every fiber of your being. Believe that you add value to this world. You are uniquely created for a purpose. Do you know that purpose. Take time to reflect and discover the value you offer each and every day.
PAUSE HERE AND REFLECT
What value can you bring to your interactions today?
How can you positively influence others?
Believe that you are enough. You don't need to be like your colleague, your neighbor, or a sibling. You add worth to this world just by being YOU. Don't ever allow anyone to tell you otherwise.
You were given this value and voice to make a difference.
How are you speaking up and advocating for your beliefs?
Do you stand true to these values when faced with adversity?
I have learned a lot in 18 years as an educator. One of the most valuable lessons is to know who you are and to stay true to yourself no matter what comes your way. And believe me...there will be difficult situations that will try to change you or make you feel less than.
Do. Not. Allow. Anyone. To. Take. Your. Excellence.
If I could go back in time to my 20s or 30s, I would look myself squarely in the eyes and remind myself that I am valuable, enough, and have a voice for a reason. I would use that voice to speak up more. To stand firm in my beliefs. Please, please don't have this regret like me. You are capable and can stand up for yourself, for others, for students, for what is right. Never doubt your influence or your worth.
Always remember these five things:
You are valuable.
You are enough.
You have a voice.
You are seen.
You are capable.
Now use this amazing power to go and make a difference in the life of a student, colleague, a family member, or even a complete stranger. You may never see the impact you made but trust me it is worth the intrinsic motivation you will feel. You will empower yourself, your value, your voice, and realize how capable you are to make a difference no matter how small.
Kiss of Sunshine for the Soul
Call, text, write, or email someone and thank them for a time they made you feel valued.