Sunday, October 12, 2014
Name One Thing You're Not Good at Doing
Name one thing that you’re not good at doing.
For me, it’s singing.
So… imagine if I had to sing over the PA system at school every morning.
Knowing that I had to come to school and do something publicly that I’m not very good at would probably put me in a bad mood. I would be irritable, and I may even show up late or be absent in order to avoid having to do it.
Imagine, too, that the PA system microphone is at a desk in the office and the lady at the desk smirks at me when I show up. Especially on the days I’m late. Perhaps she even makes a sarcastic comment to me or worse, gives me the cold shoulder and doesn’t even mention my absences over the last week.
But, what if when I showed up to sing, I had a singing teacher there to meet me at the microphone? What if he greeted me with a smile and told me he would be right by my side while I sang? What if he offered to work with me to help me improve my singing?
Do you think I would be more likely to show up? Do you think I would be more hopeful? I do.
Each day we ask students who are not good at “doing school” to come to our building and perform. How we greet these students and the kind of support we provide may be the difference in how much hope they have for themselves and their success.
P.S. Singing karaoke in public is on my bucket list, only because singing in public is one of my fears, and I’m all about conquering fears.