I remember on my first gap year, that we often worried about saying the right thing to the young people we worked with. We only had a week or weekend to make an impact and we hoped they would take away at least something that made them think differently about their faith, their relationship with themselves and their relationships with those around them.
How would we be remembered?
One thing was drilled into us from the beginning of our team training and it has stuck with me ever since:
It’s not what you say to people – they won’t remember the words – they’ll remember how you made them feel.
This is our role in our encounters with others, no matter with whom or where we work, we need to affirm their objective dignity and value. We all want to feel loved, feel safe and feel that we belong.
How can you do this with the people you work with this week?