Helping Hands

Empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, social, or economic strength of individuals and communities. It often involves the empowered developing confidence in their own capacities.    -Wikipedia

Each of us are gifted with amazing abilities. Each of us are unique. Problem is, we aren’t born with owner’s manuals, telling us what we are capable of doing, nor how to use such talents. Self discovery is part of the process. What fun is a puzzle if you already know the answer?

Back in high school, which as a babyboomer was a looong time ago, I had a conversation with a friend which I still remember today. It went something like this:

“What are you going to do after high school?”

“I don’t know, I suppose I’ll have to find a job”

“What would you like to do?”

“I really don’t have any skills. I’ll probably find some minimum wage job, flipping hamburgers or something.  If I’m really lucky I’ll be able to get a spot at the blue jean factory. Pays better.”

“Isn’t there anything else you’d like to do? What kind of a life would you like to have?”

“It doesn’t matter, no use dreaming, I’m not like you, you can do anything, be anything.”

“So can you.”

“No I can’t!  The best I could ever expect to do is something like a job at the factory.”

I tried, but I could not get her dreaming, what would she really like to do.   She didn’t sound too happy with the idea of sewing blue jeans, yet that was her highest hope.   Your hopes should be exciting, not something that you settle for.

One of our local schools had an irrate mother in their office.  Her complaint?  The school was teaching her son that he could be a somebody.  How dare his teachers set him up for a big fall.  He’d never be a somebody.

Thank goodness for teachers that care.   And I’m betting that boy turned into a somebody.

This blog will be a way for me to share my journey as I try new things, gain confidence, build my dreams. Just as I’m inspired by others, I hope my journey empowers others.

Photo by Antonella Beccari