Words of wisdom that my Dad left with me many years ago are, “Anything worth doing is worth doing right.” While I’ve had to learn over the years that “right” doesn’t have to equal perfect, I have tried to use those words to motivate and challenge myself to bring my best to any and every opportunity.
When we truly get to know ourselves, we become freer in our interactions, with no personal emotional strings attached, no unresolved personal issues playing out in meetings, no resentments, and no ‘impossible’ conversations. We become able to be comfortable with all aspects of ourselves, allowing us to accept the values, strengths and shadows of others.
Ever since I first heard it, this quote from Bill Nye has stuck with me: “Everyone you’ll ever meet knows something you don’t.” It’s a simple message that serves as a reminder of the importance of listening, continuously learning, rethinking positions, and recognizing the value each person brings. These are important concepts in advocacy and life.