I had the privelege to attend the Kentucky Teacher Advisory Council meeting today. I leave these meetings in awe of the ideas colleagues share, amazed at the things they’re doing in their classrooms and districts.
Today I felt guilty. Not that I didn’t belong, but that I have not lived up to the expectation I set for my own students. I have withered back, let someone silence my voice. I have failed my school, my colleagues, my students by not being my best.
I’ve become something I despise. Complacent. Mediocre.
Education Commissioner, Dr. Pruitt shared part of this quote in response to something a TAC member said…
Our Greatest Fear
it is our light not our darkness that most frightens us
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
Tears filled my eyes.
Tomorrow I will begin my journey back.
A clip from Akeelah and the Bee my friend and colleague shared. Akeelah & the Bee