I have recently heard Alicia Keys singing her latest single – it really resonates with me . Part of the lyrics ⬇️
“This goes out to the underdog
Keep on keeping at what you love
You’ll find that someday soon enough
You will rise up, rise up, yeah”©
This has inspired me to write a blog as I think it will resonate with many people who work in the NHS/large corporations/organisations – the ones who feel they aren’t noticed – the ones who never get the promotion, never get nominated, the ones who see others groomed for a job they’d love to do, those who feel that they blend into the paintwork, the ones whose voices aren’t heard at meetings and ideas never used or laughed at – trust me one day your light will shine 💡
“When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?”
Virginia Woolf (Night and Day)
In order to write this blog I decided to research why feeling insignificant or small can actually make us kinder humans . I chanced upon this research CLICK HERE TO OPEN (done at University of California, Irvine (somewhat of a coincidence as I used to live on that campus) . Here’s a cropped photo of part of the paper ..
As a retired midwife I wonder how many midwives experience awe ? Are they encouraged to hide this feeling ? Are midwives who are based on birth centres more likely to experience awe than an midwife who works on a labour ward ? Is awe something that could possibly be “cleansed” out of us because of culture / stress at work / lack of respect / exhaustion / short staffing ? How can we bring awe back into the workplace ?
here is another LINK to a film explaining that “WE” provide our own meaning to our life by being insignificant. I suppose what I’m trying to say is that being small and embracing your own insignificance is grounding helping you see to the finer details that rank/importance/promotion/hierarchy could ultimately mask .
How many managers consistently know what’s happening at ground level ? They might think they know because of dedicated “spies” in the camp -however,let us just factor in bias/favouritism/inaccurately transmitted gossip and very soon the story changes . Being present is all about insignificance it’s the quiet worker in the corner who “the others” think is not aware – that person is probably more aware of the good and bad behaviour of others than someone senior .
Thank you for reading
Be kind to one another