Imagine if Mrs. Robinson had thought the following of the actions of Rosa Parks: Get over it. The same thing happened to me. It's just the way things are. Or, if she thought of herself, I should have refused to give up my seat when the same thing happened to me. I'm just not as brave. OR I'm just an English teacher. I can't do anything about it. I imagine her thoughts towards Rosa Parks to have been: When the same thing happened to me, I was humiliated. I empathize. Something needs to be done. Her thoughts about herself may have gone something like this: I'm an English teacher. Let me use the resources I have to do my part.
Because of her refusal to succumb to some lame and unwarranted inferiority complex, she used her unique talents and resources and took action. As a result, she created 50,000 fliers that encouraged the citizens of Montgomery to boycott the buses. Ultimately, the laws changed and so did the lives of millions of people.
In learning of Mrs. Robinson's role in the Civil RIghts Movement, I thought of how often I let silly comparisons and self doubt limit my potential. What if I change my narrative? Instead of: I'm only _______________, so I can't _____________, like Mrs. Robinson, I thought:
I'm ________________therefore I can (and will) ______________.
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