I think if I had heard that word one more time I would have lost it!
President Trump closed his inauguration speech with a barrage of agains like I have never heard before.
Do I think that there are many things about this country that could improve?
But that is not the message that I got from President Trump’s speech. The message that I heard, was that we’re not good enough. I am still trying to pick the a,g,a,i and n‘s out of my ears. Because if they remain in there too long they are likely to get stuck. And we can’t allow that to happen. I won’t allow that to happen.
The first episode of My Bad was released on April 7th, 2016. My goal, my hope, my mission was to
inspire people to share their mistakes with the people they love and the people they serve so that they would stop feeling as if they have to be perfect.
Learning from each guests’ mistakes is simply an added bonus.
Knowing that each guest was willing to come on My Bad and share their mistake, no matter how big and no matter how embarrassing. That was and still is the takeaway that I am hoping for.
Furthermore, my hope is that this mindset will trickle down to our staff, to our students and to our children. Every day I witness (at home, at work, on social media) people feeling as if they’re not good enough. We’re beating ourselves up over mistakes. Even worse, children are beating themselves up over making mistakes.
Our self-esteem is at an all time low. The social and emotional needs of our students is at an all time high.
So what do we do?
We remind ourselves that we are good. We remind our staff that they are good. And we remind our students that they are good.
We pick the remaining a,g,a,i and n‘s out of our ears. We share our mistakes and we celebrate our accomplishments. And we give ourselves and each other a little grace.
One last thing. When you have a half hour to spare. I know, I know. Like any of us do. But if you do. Pick any three My Bad episodes. Listen to them and appreciate just how vulnerable and honest my guests were willing to be. I promise you, you will feel better about yourself because you will be reminded you are not alone.
It might be just the thing you need to stop the agains from ringing in your ears.