I had the opportunity to be on a panel today at work, speaking about bravery as a behavior of inclusion. I learned so much from my peers on the stage (esp loved the challenge to not just sit by as an ally but also take action and be an accomplice), then was surprised to be appointed discussion moderator for "having hard discussions and giving feedback" (which I expanded to receiving feedback). Growing up, I was told I was such a follower, and wasn't living up to the prophetic dream my mother had about being a leader. I was too slow, too dumb, too untalented. I was a constant disappointment. To her, I sing, "Just take a look at me now!"
Lest you think I'm just here to sing my own praises, I am actually quite humbled by all the circumstances and support and encouragement I've received to get me here. My husband is a constant source of strength to me, loving me through all my lows and highs, teaching me to challenge my assumptions, encouraging me to push forward and keep striving, working, achieving. He has constant faith in me, which has helped me through the myriads of times I didn't have faith in myself, which has been most of the time. From him I've learned to open my mind and my heart. Thank you, @magnumdiy, for being my constant in a land of shifting variables.
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