Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Let's Get it Together

This post is one that has been on my mind for some time... and I know that I'm probably going to upset a few people... but, this needs to be said... 

We talk about making a difference in the world. We instill values in our girls to reach for heights that we can only imagine. We want them to face it all with grace and courage. Then, cookie season happens and you see grown women fighting and bickering over a booth location. 

It's predominantly women leading and making decisions and running Troops, Service Units, Councils, etc. And... ladies... we are not always nice. I put myself in this category. I know me. I know I can be difficult at times. I know when I'm stressed, I'm not nice. I know when I'm at my limit, I just want everyone to leave me alone and do what they're supposed to do.

Now, don't get upset with me... hear me out. I feel we all have genuinely good intentions, but when the chips are down... we have the potential to be not nice. We gossip. We back stab. We hold grudges. We ridicule. We don't forget... we may say we forgive, but that resentment is still there. We talk bad about one another. We judge. We compare. We are downright mean at times. 

Does this describe any of us 100% of the time? No. Does it describe each of us at some point? As much as I want to refuse admitting it, my heart says "yes". Think about it... if you can truly say you have never held your ground when you knew you were wrong... or talked badly about another leader, including the "She must be super woman" comments, then please... tell me I'm wrong. But, I bet you can't say it with an honest heart.  

Now, believe me, no one else on the planet could say this about my wonderful sisters and not have me fly to your defense... but, ladies, between us... we need to get it together. If we want to raise a generation of leaders and women that are going to set the world on fire... we have got to learn to let go of petty issues. We have to make sure we are uplifting one another. Encourage your fellow leaders. Don't tear them down. They are doing the same thing you are... we're all doing the best we can with the tools, information, and time we are given. 

And one last thing... don't compare yourself to another Leader... don't think you are falling short or doing so much better... you don't know what they are going through or how hard they are working to get where they are. Congratulate them on accomplishments or offer some help. No matter how "together" we look, we can all use a hand and word of encouragement and praise. 

The bottom line.... be a Girl Scout.



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