In the book, The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, & Courage by Brene Brown, she shares a story about her worst speaking experience ever. She was told by the event coordinator that no one is interested in what she came to speak about. Sometimes, I feel as if no one is interested in what I have come to say in life.
I get it. We are slowly be programmed to only respond to positive stimulus in our society. Rhonda Byrne’s book, The Secret, ushered in a new way of coping with life. Keep it positive and only focus on that which you want to attract into your life. The issue with that is – feelings buried alive are still alive.
In my quest for personal authenticity, I viewed it as a life or death situation. This is not for faint of heart. Either I am allowed to walk my journey telling my Truth, or it would be spiritual death to me. My Spirit would be crushed and there is nothing I could produce of benefit to anyone. I was created with a purpose and determined to live like it.
Like a preacher on Sunday morning with low church attendance, my message cannot change. I stand for what I stand for, and I am unapologetic! It took me years to even define what irked me and further identify my role in the bigger picture. Now, I know. As an educator, I am dedicated to the social, emotional, and academic well-being of children.
My idea of “no child left behind” is genuinely related to making sure that the whole child is educated, not just satisfying the mandated state testing. Students rarely if ever grow up and say I thank goodness for that test I took in the 7th grade. Instead, they say, I am grateful for that teacher that listened, paid attention to my moods, and cared enough to find out if I had dinner the evening before.
No one’s interested in trauma. To be interested means risking vulnerability and exposing your own nerves which are still a bit raw. So if you have feelings that are buried alive, you will need to dig them up and handle them properly for your own peace of mind. Your own authenticity depends on it.