For many years I have heard folks talk about the metaphor of the glass ceiling. But in my experience it was never the ceiling. For me it is the glass hurdles – the unseen stumbling blocks that trip me over, knock me down, and undermine my confidence when I least expect it.
Our need to feel useful should not overpower the needs and desires of those we are trying to help, and the help itself should not be a constant reminder of people’s hardship. I realized that for those of us in the privileged position to support others in times of need, it wasn’t enough just to want to help. We have a responsibility to search for ways to do it with dignity and grace, that uplifts and empowers those that we are supporting.
Part III of a four-part series aimed at developing the strength and resilience to lead through difficult times, using our defence mechanisms to explore how they can help us have a greater sense of humanity, kindness and compassion for ourselves and those around us.
How often do we stop with intentionality to examine what is emerging in our lives, not just for what it is now but for what it could be? What would life look like if we were to not just nourish possibility, but to also practice decisive finality? Now is the time to tend, nurture, prune….to pay attention to our intention and have intention with our attention.