This past weekend I was one of the planners / facilitators / teachers for a local leadership event…
And I came away with a dream.
I’ve been contemplating the future of my work life for a while now. Wondering what I REALLY want to be when I grow up. Sometime during Saturday’s event, I figured it out.
But what I want to be isn’t even a thing.
Here’s the deal: I firmly believe that the leadership principles we’re working with in this organization have the potential to create significant positive change in this world, in every arena. I feel passionate about this work (which, at this point, is all volunteer / part of my everyday paid job). As an educator, I’m also passionate about public education. And my passion for social justice is pulling at me like crazy.
So…what if I could combine these passions? The dream, in my mind and heart, looks like taking this leadership stuff to urban school districts, with a view toward helping teachers and administrators effect real change in the places where they work – the places where kids and parents have, for generations, had the deck stacked against them.
But like I said, at this point in time that’s not even a thing. The organization I’m working with isn’t at that place yet in its development. And I am the farthest thing in the world from being a networker, a “mover and shaker” – the last person in the world to step forward with a huge idea and find a way to make it happen.
It never occurred to me that at the age of 51 I would get slapped upside the head with a new, out-of-the-blue calling.
I’ve got a lot of thinking to do.