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Scared and With a Pit in My Stomach
I woke up today scared and with a pit in my stomach.
The House of Shine is rolling out a whole new program at one of the schools with whom we work. The idea is big and bold, in the sense that we will be engaging sixth through tenth graders in a program called, What’s Your Shine? It’s the first of what we hope will be a long and continuous series.
Picture pep rally meets Ted Talk. They are forty-minute sessions that expose students to accomplished professionals from all sorts of industries. Each month a different professional. Each month featuring a different, but cool job.
First there is the issue of getting students excited at 2:40 in the afternoon, after a full day of school.
Then there is the issue of getting students to show their excitement and, therefore, running the risk of looking uncool to their peers.
Of course, we’ve prepped the speaker, but there is always the chance he won’t be dynamic and his 12-minute talk will fall deadpan on the audience.
And then there is the nagging question of how we finish strong. A simple, “thank you for coming” or a riskier, group cheer of some sort?
Today is full of risks, but that’s what happens when you are blazing a trail and trying to make a difference in your corner of the world.
Worse than being scared is being complacent,so if you’re going to shine, it helps to get comfortable living with with a pit in your stomach.