What have you created lately?
You might be thinking nothing, a painting, a mess, a Lego airplane...
We create every moment of every day. We create with our actions and our words...
Have you ever thought about if someone recorded you every day, all day? Then, the film was shared with the rest of the world; your closest friends and family, acquaintances, strangers...
- What would they have to say?
- How would they describe you?
- Would they be willing to be your friend?
- Would their opinion of you change?
This world is full of "trend" people.
People who chase.
This world is full of "adapter" people. People who change.
This world is full of "broken" people. People who seek.
This world is full of "operation" people. People who go.
This world is full of "genuine" people. People who are.
This world is full of "dreamer" people.
People who wonder.
This world is full of "counterfeit" people.
People who act.
Who are you?
Who would others say you are?
Creations. Future Creators.
Every year, we are blessed with the opportunity to create change. Every year, we are blessed with the opportunity to create decision makers. Every year, we are blessed with the opportunity to create inquirers. Every year, we are blessed with the opportunity to create leaders. In the education field, we as mentors, we as coaches, we as advisers, have the opportunity to create the future citizens of the world.
I have had the opportunity to help create many students, and the number is growing. I have to reflect on who I am portraying at every moment. I want to be the best I can be for them. I want them to see who they can be through me. I want them to see where to look, but not tell them where to look. I want them to long to be the student they can be. I want them to be a person of integrity. I want them to be true!
At the beginning of every year, I ask the students what they want from me... and it stuns them... they are always being told what is expected of them, but rarely get the chance to voice their opinion. One year, I will never forget... The conversation went like this...
Twenty-four pars of eyes blankly staring a hole through me, and Chase raises his hand. "I want you to let me be who I am."
"Well, who are you?"
"I am a kid. I like to play. I like to draw. I like dogs."
"You will get to do something with each one of those this year."
"but, most of all, I want friends."
I didn't know what to say, or how to act. He had turned the table, and I was stunned. The only thing I could think of to say to him was... "Be yourself, and I am sure you will have plenty of friends."
That year, I helped to create this kid into a young man who was able to play, draw, learn about dogs, but most importantly, foster relationships.
What type of student do you want to help create?