By Elisabet Medina
Powerful. At times we think of power as negative. We think fight the power! Or absolute power corrupts absolutely. And yet each one of us possesses inner power. Power over our thoughts, power over how we treat others, the words we speak, and the actions we take. What if we made a commitment to use our power, whatever that looks like or means to us to do good in the world? Just imagine the impact! Love never receives the publicity that hatred does, but it is no less a powerful force in the world.
Positive. Nowadays it’s hard to stay positive. The jaded social worker is more than a cliche, it’s a fact that most social workers leave the field after 5 years. It’s too easy to get cynical and skeptical about making a difference. It's easy to be disenchanted by the institutions and boundaries we work within. And yet it changes everything, when one or two people are hopeful, optimistic and joyful about helping others.
Force. It’s not easy. Whether you’re in social work, education, health care any field that is seeking a more equitable and just world is full of challenges. When the naysayers and obstacles come, be a force for good in the world. Resist and persist to a level of stubbornness that the world can be and ought to be better than it is. Justice has never come about through passivity only through passion.
Be a powerful positive force for good today.