During What I’ve Discovered many of you shared how everyone in your NSLC program was so kind, friendly and giving and how that realization was so surprising or empowering or both… it was a source of happiness for you and contributed to making your NSLC experience that much more fulfilling. Some of you also stated that your environments back at school or within your communities are different suggesting that the idea of going back to your daily life and normal routines evoked some sadness. Perhaps there is another way to see this. As we explored in Conflict Resolution, our experiences are born out of our interpretations of events and circumstances, not the events or circumstances themselves. Consider that your happiness is not so much a function of others kindness towards you but rather your kindness towards others, especially when they have done nothing to deserve it. Your true potential as a leader can only be fully realized when the circumstances around you are inconvenient or difficult… when others around you are being selfish instead of kind. When you go back home, you cannot expect anyone in your world to be different, but you can choose to be different yourself. And when you do, the windows of possibility will open for you like never before. Bloom where you are planted.
– Jay Caputo, NSLC Leadership Facilitator