Ah, 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.
Click here for image source.