The setting – a conference for tribal social services staff
The activity – a dance to celebrate cultural connections
The Traditional Presenter – “You need to dance. You’re an important person, a leader”
Me – “I don’t see myself that way. I’m clumsy and shy and I don’t know the dance.”
The Traditional Presenter – “Dance anyway for the sake of others. Let them teach you.”
The lesson – humility and the importance of finding courage to try anyway
Memories inspired by a photo shared with me decades ago by Linda Reivitz, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services (left), discovered when purging old files – an embarrassing, humbling experience accepting an award for just doing my job from then Wisconsin Governor, Tony Earl (1983 – 1987) during an all-too brief era of hope.