Over the past 48 hours I've been reminded that we have a duty to care for those around you...
I work for an organization that employs 40 000 people who in turn service one million learners. You can easily lose your identity given the sheer scale of the payroll and forget the duty to service a basic human requirement to show care towards your fellow human being. And it's so easy to reduce everyone to the simplicity of your core workload and judge success or failure of a colleague based on a few key objectives.
But in education we cannot sow seed that reduce human beings to inanimate status; not when we are blessed with emotions, the ability to suffer pain, to show happiness, to push the boundaries of pseudo limitations placed on us by others, challenge adversity, explore new frontiers, redefine pathways and influence thinking. We have the ability to uplift and breakdown, build or destroy. Immense power is invested in the physiology of human beings!
Over 48 hours two colleagues have reminded me how that power that sits within us multiplies positively when we care for others. Both face serious health issues. Both decided to share their vulnerability with those who work alongside them. Not for pity or sympathy, but to reach out for support in the face of their tribulation; that they are ill and it hurts, but it's okay.
And I've had the privilege to witness their colleagues' responses to show care. Through all the raw emotion on display, hope remained strong, and the distinct feeling that the "load" will be shared. It felt good to be human.
Let's never forget to celebrate our humanity, our multilayered dimensions and the unlimited scope of our power when we rally around a call for help! As a well known sports company slogan trumpets: "impossible is nothing".