Whose Hope Were You Today?
A frequent theme in my work is that young people are geniuses from which we have much to learn.
I spent the first 14 years of my career in the classroom with kids from Kindergarten to second grade. I cherished this time in my life; students this age are brave and bold, comfortable with their genius and unanimously believe they can and will use it to change the world.
I’ve spent the last ten years with a broad range of students, teachers, administrators and leaders of all stripes. Most of them are not quite as comfortable with honoring their genius.
Each morning, I ask my “Genius Question of the Day” on Facebook. I usually get a few answers, but not as many as you’d expect to a simple question asked of 4,600 adults. This is because most adults struggle with recognizing, accepting, and living up and into their genius.
Today’s question was, “Am I Serving as Only I Can Serve?”
This received more answers than usual, because my beautiful friend Joli Barker-Erwin shared it with her third grade class in McKinney, Texas. Now, this is no ordinary class; it has its own moniker: The Fearless Classroom. With Joli’s leadership, these students are intrepid, determined and fully living up and into their genius.
Here is how they responded to the question, “Am I Serving As Only I Can Serve?”
“Yes because I prayed with my mom this morning because she was having a really bad morning.”
“Yes because I am a really good reader and I helped a friend learn a new way to remember the important stuff. “
“No, but I will be now. I sometimes forget that I have something special to give to people. But I remember now. I can be a really good friend. “
“Yes, because I walked with a friend to school in the rain and held his umbrella for him so he wouldn’t drop his stuff. “
“Yes because I try to smile at other kids in our school when we are in the hallway. Smiles always make me feel better so I figure if I smile then they will feel happy too.”
“Yes because I am a genius and you are helping us use what we are learning in class to help others. I feel really good about helping people. Before this year, I didn’t think I could actually be someone’s hope.”
Are you serving as only you can serve?
As a leader whose hope were you today?
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