Lesson One: “The higher you climb, the more a** you show.” (sorry to be crass).
I literally burst out laughing when I read her text, because I couldn’t link the gentle soul of my 60-something year old, Halle Berry prototype, mentor of mine sending me this kind of message.
She was pointing out that as I begin to serve in the community people would begin to listen and watch me in a way they haven’t before. Even if I never know who they are, I should keep in mind that “they’re watching.” A life of public service is not for the faint of heart.
Little ol’ me…. my words from years ago, carried weight today.Wow! I was a senior in college for crying out loud.
Long story short, my interview from 8 years ago was with Ebony magazine about my hopes for Obama’s presidency, and today I was being asked to share my thoughts as he leaves office next week. I just got off the phone with a reporter from my local newspaper and he gently, yet firmly read my words back to me.
So here’s where I was challenged in my interview today…
- Being able to say something that is authentically me, yet leaving room for my future self (possibly 8 years from now) that may feel differently than I do today.
- Being vulnerable, yet still politically correct.
- Being honest without offending an entire community of people at the same time.
We’ll see how the story turns out! *holding my breath* If you’re in the neighborhood, pick up Sunday’s paper and look for me in the business section. I’ll be looking for me too!
So here’s my Lesson 1 take away: Anything I say or do in the public sphere, will never go away. Period.
Be the Me, that the “Future Me” would be proud of 🙂
The Naked Writer.
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