Just a brief note today.
I've just arrived in Ottawa to work with an organization over the weekend. It had been a quiet drive from Toronto where I'd given an all day lecture as an inservice for a group of agency staff. They were a 'hot' audience and I found myself really rising the the challenge of their attention. Speakers like to feel that they are being heard when they speak, this audience gave me that - wholeheartedly.
Afterwards a young woman came up to me and waited quietly as others spoke to me. When it was her turn she said, 'I'm not to big to admit that I need to change. I heard what you said and I realize I can do better. I thank you for challenging me to think and to change.' She spoke quietly and with determination. We shook hands. I thanked her for her courage to think and rethink her approaches. And she was gone.
But her words rang in my heart. I love people who are willing to be challenged to think and to change. I love people who are willing to let themselves have a moments self evaluation, people who do not fear self evaluation. I learned a lot about that woman in those few minutes ...
she has a heart that works
she has a head that works,
she has the most important ability that a human has - the ability to learn and to grow.
There are moments that matter. To me this was one of those moments. Her voice stayed with me for several hours afterwards.
I want to be like her.
I want my heart, my head to have constant chats. I want to see the need to change as a promise to the future rather than an apology to the past. I want to be able to say, at the end of every day, I listened, I learned, I allowed myself to grow.
She may have thought that she was thanking me ... but, no ... she was teaching me. By example. With grace.