My daughter attends our neighborhood public school in St. Louis County. She loves it. I love it for her. So, why do I care about what’s happening in City schools? I care deeply for a couple of reasons: I recognize that my daughter has many advantages in her school simply because of where she lives. I don’t think that’s fair. I believe a good education allows students who have no other choices a chance to become something different then what they’ve grown up believing. I believe we should all care what’s happening in schools even if our kids don’t attend them because these are the kids who are going to be working for us someday.
We have been in our office for a little over a year and nearly every person who walks through the door comments on how much they love our space. Maybe it’s the different areas we have set up for small groups to work. Maybe it’s the pew we have sitting just across from the door. Maybe it’s the relaxing colors on the walls or the many windows. Maybe it’s us.
I read this somewhere…
“The human condition is to transition between moments of confidence and confusion.”
I have to say, I found this a great relief.
The beauty of conflict is that it exposes what people care about.
Think about that.
If I don’t have enough energy to disagree with you then I just don’t care very much.
We have a saying taped to a wall in our office that reads:
Share what you know.
Ask for what you need.
I recently pulled a yellow legal pad off a shelf in my closet that had a bunch of scribbled notes from a meeting I attended more than three years ago.
Random? Probably not.
On it I found exactly the “crazy wisdom” I needed in that moment.
“Never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality.” – Admiral Stockdale, POW for seven years
Screw the optimists; bring on the realists! Not really.
Those three words alone conjure up all kinds of feelings in each of us. For me, it’s a combination of the three words… is it that I’m so afraid to change that I fail? Or is it that I’m afraid to fail so I never change? Either one is terrifying.
I’m not sure that the word grateful covers how we are feeling these days at Elements Partnership. Even though we’ve been working for a few months, we recently had a launch party to officially kick-off our work. Six days later we moved into new office space which made everything very real. Our work is keeping us extremely busy. And yet, with all of that, we keep asking each other:
Is this really happening?!