When I’m no longer little, I promise that I’ll remember what it felt like to be little. To be belittled. To be made to feel small.
When I’m no longer little, I promise not to use my power and wisdom to make someone else feel weak and stupid.
When I’m no longer little, I promise to be a teacher, to help people learn from their mistakes, not suffer from them.
When I’m no longer little, I promise to be a refuge, not to threaten or instill fear in the little people just because I can.
When I’m no longer little, I promise to try to get down on the ground, because that’s where all the real stuff happens.
When I’m no longer little, I promise to listen to others, because you learn so much more from them than you learn from listening to yourself.
When I’m no longer little, I promise to remember that however big I am, there is someone bigger, and for them, someone bigger than them. And He who is bigger than them all is always behind the little people 🙂
(Image: When Teddy Bear Gulliver Came to Heartlake city, it wasn’t a warm welcome – by seelensturm CC-BY via Flickr
Note: As a junior academic… I’m halfway little, I’m no longer a student, not a PhD student, I’m no longer a staff member at university but a faculty member. And yet I am still a young faculty member. I may be big in some spaces, little in others… but I hope I never let any of it get to my head, and never forget how it felt to be little… Because boy, do the big people mess up big time sometimes!
P.S. I tagged this #ccourses because even though it’s a personal rant from deep inside, it’s also kinda relevant to the idea of co-learning… 😉