A remarkable set of words “I stand”. They are strong and steady. They covey truth, honesty, and foundations. Set them next to the words “I’m running” and you immediately see a powerful difference.
I have been reading the statements by the students nominated for Student Representative Council. Many start their intention like this…. “I’m standing for SRC because I want make a difference in my high school.” Wow. It really caught me the power of these two words in context of student leadership. Do we want our school leaders to be “running” for something or “standing” for it? I hear the students say these words and I immediately want to sit up and take notice, for they must have a belief that is worth standing for. We here people say oh “I believe this” or “my opinion is that” and even “I agree”; but do any of those statements really have the power of “I stand firm in the belief that…”? “I’m running” is confusing. Are they running toward or away from something? Runners change direction at any moment or at any obstacle. Those who stand are fixed and poised for battle and challenges. I want my all leadership students, from South Australia to Colorado to take a “stand” for something meaningful.
As I watch the highlights of the US presidential election from 9000 miles away, I now find myself cringing at those who are merely “running” for president. The are “running” on campaigns of this or that, but rarely, if ever, “standing” for anything. I will be voting this year from a land far from home, and I promise I will vote for who can actually “stand” for America and not just “run”. Stand up US presidential candidates, we will stand with you.
Are you standing for anything? Are you willing to stand up, stand firm, and actually….stand? If yes, what are you waiting for! Feel free to respond with what you “stand for”, I would love to read them!!