Letting go…

Dave SmalleyAh, the reformer’s mindset: when you see wrong, you want to make it right.  Our world is full of wrongs that need to be addressed, however sometimes good intentions and a well-crafted plan born of one’s conscience aren’t enough.  Dave Smalley once sang: “I try to make a dent, but it blends in with all the damage.”  These words ring true to me.  For the last couple of years I’ve felt a gut-wrenching pain about how my life in Arizona didn’t turn out the way I hoped it would, and reflecting on my work experience there used to sting.  The leadership of the school where I taught disappointed me so much that I felt demoralized.  In response, this summer I composed a thoughtful letter to my previous employer…and yes, I sent it.  I consider its contents the much-needed feedback that I would have shared if the institution conducted exit interviews with people who resign.  Maybe what I wrote will help my former colleagues.  Maybe not.  All I can say is that writing and sending the letter felt cathartic – like another step in a healing process.  At this point, I’d like to focus on a different, more positive line from that same song: “I can’t watch and not be heard…”  True again.  Sometimes you have to speak up.

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