I left my job this week after 3 years of working there. I was stunned by the responses from the kids and staff. I think I was the most hugged person ever this week. I was overwhelmed by the things students had written to me, about me. “You have made this school unique, you have made people feel positive about themselves and you have made me feel positive about myself” was written by one of my young ladies, a beautiful young girl, with a heart of gold. But I never expected to read such lovely things. The power of those words reduced me to tears and had me brimming with pride. If my words had had this affect on just one student, I’d made a difference in this world. However, it kept coming! The fact that students were able to tell me that I am “beautiful” “kind” and “inspirational” meant that the work I’d done with them had got through to them. A young man wrote I’d made him “love his body for the way it is”. This blew me away, the honesty, the candid remarks and the gratitude, when I felt like I was ‘just doing my job’.
So I shall keep all of these very close to my heart and on hand for those days where I don’t feel worthy, or I have lost my way a little. Because:
“Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.”
Now I’m not a religious person, but this makes sense to me. My ‘enemy’ being my capacity for self-loathing. And those powerful words, by those wise and innocent young people, could help me to steel myself against the enemy. To stand tall and say ‘not today Satan!!!’ (Satan being my self-loathing). I will remember those kind words and remind myself, that no matter how small, I made a difference.
I am honoured to have made an impact on these young lives.
By the way, did I tell you…? you make a difference, you matter and you are AWESOME ❤