A message that has been on my heart lately is YOU MATTER. In order to be successful in anything that you do in life on a personal and professional level, you have to always remember these two important words. I truly believe that our success is dependent on it. How do you know that you matter? I think that it really starts in the mirror. When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see a person of worth and value? Or do you see a person who is worthless and has no value? Your perception of yourself significantly impacts your actions.

I have worked in higher education since 2006. I’ve worked for community colleges and universities and I have worked with faculty, staff, students, administrators, and community organizations. I have witnessed the difference between individuals who believe that they matter and those who feel like they do not. Those who feel like they matter walk around with an air of confidence that radiates off of them. They work from a place of excellence and integrity because they know that the work that they do not only impact themselves but impacts others as well. They approach life ready to invest the time that is needed for success. If you don’t feel like you matter, every day can be a struggle. You may put in the work, but wonder if your efforts really mean anything at all.

At this point in my career, I feel like I matter. I feel like I am a person of worth and value and I am confident in the work that I do. Unfortunately, I have not always felt that way. I have been in the place where I felt like my efforts did not matter. To be perfectly honest with you, that was a tough place to be in, and it really hurts my heart when I come across people in life who feel this way. No one should ever feel like they don’t matter!!! It’s one of my missions in life to make sure that every person I come across in life feels like they matter. I want every person that I come in contact with to feel like they are a person of worth and value, I want people to feel like they matter.

For the next six weeks, I am going to focus on this theme: I matter, you matter, we matter. I hope that you will join me for the ride. I truly believe this message significantly impacts teaching, learning, student success, and life. =>)



4 thoughts on “YOU MATTER!!!!

  1. I wish I could post to the source of this, but I didn’t save it, I just noticed it in my facebook feed this morning. One of my friends shared an activity to improve your self-perception. It was probably more focused on body image than on feeling like you matter, but these can be tied together. Anyway, the article suggested you could change how you feel about yourself by standing in front of the mirror, naked or as naked as you can deal with, and start reciting the things you see that you like. Even if it’s “my wrist” or “my eye color” you list it. And you do this every day. The claim is that every day you will see one or two new things to like, and over time you will improve your self-perception. I think the same could be said for identifying and listing what makes us matter, what makes us worthy. If a colleague thanks you for something, even if you think it was a trivial thing and didn’t matter, then add it to the list of what you do that matters. They wouldn’t thank you for it if it didn’t matter, right? This is something I sometimes have to do. Someone will thank me for my help, and I feel like I didn’t really help, but I did, and that’s worth something!


    1. Thank you for sharing Cheryl. That is a wonderful tip. We all have something that we can find that we like about ourselves. We all can listen a little better when someone says thank you. I try to cherish those moments as well. One thing I like to do is to hang on to the handwritten thank you notes that I receive from people. =>)


  2. Tenisha- Currently, I am reading Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson. Today I read a Walt Whitman quote from Song of the Open Road “I am larger, better than I thought. I did not know I held so much goodness.” This quote introduced chapter 4 in Buddha’s Brain. What a connection to your thoughts in your post. My Buddhist classes for the past few years have introduced me to the idea of self compassion.

    Thanks for your uplifting message. Every positive message you give to others is planting a seed for future happiness and peace.


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