If you spent any time in the south (especially during the summer time), you have probably heard the following words at least once in your life:
I'm not even exactly sure how to punctuate that because the phrase never really made sense, but we all knew what it meant to have a boy yell , "Say, girl....." down the sidewalk at you. In response to the call, as adolescent girls, without thinking we giggled and turned around because someone was "trying to talk to us" (you have to love the terminology of my beloved south, right?)
Here is the part that 20 something years later, burns me up....
"GIRL" IS NOT MY NAME....and it isn't yours either.
Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name Two Fates (Random House, 2011) offers one of my favorite quotes to date when he said, "We are not a product of our environment, but of our expectations."
YES, Wes!!!!!! Say it again!!!!!
While this may not be the popular point of view, I find it to be 100% true. Here's why:
Consider these two questions:
As an educator, I live in the second scenario with children. I believe that I was created to promote high expectations for those who may not believe they can reach them. But guess what....IT STARTS WITH THE ADULTS WHO LEAD THEM. If they don't believe, then neither will the children they teach.
This post could stop right there... but then, you would possibly miss the fact that I'm not just talking about students in classrooms. I'm talking to about YOU (Yep,YOU!)....The one who turns around and gets her feelings hurt every time someone doesn't see you in the way you are working hard to present yourself.
Cynae's words of the day are especially for you, friend:
YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR YOURSELF!
Whatever YOU expect to achieve is what YOU will achieve (if YOU truly believe you can do it).
So I will go first:
My name is Cynae (pronounced: Su-NAY). I am an inspirational leader. I am a writer. I am a successful business woman who will always use the platform I am given to change expectations, minds, hearts, and communities for the better.
What's YOUR name?
Say it...and make EVERYONE say it with you.
P.S. If you need to affirm your expectation of yourself with someone, don't hesitate to e-mail me or leave a comment. Sometimes we just need to say it out loud to someone other than ourselves to believe it.