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Principal’s Newsletter October 10
Being A Good Citizen
Next week is Digital Citizenship Week. As a part of this week, I am encouraging everyone to have conversations around how we, as adults, can learn to be better citizens through using kinder words to one another. One of the areas that I often hear about are social medial posts, and their negative effects on others. While I know that social media plays a huge part in many of our lives, I have not quite gotten into the scene. Social media can be a great way to keep up with family living far away, staying abreast of favorite hobbies, and even keeping up with trends in the current news.
I recently read the book, “So, You’ve Been Publicly Shamed,” by Jon Ronson. In it, it follows some cases of folks who made the mistake of posting something that they might have deemed humorous, non-consequential, or even benign, only to have the post explode in their face, and millions of people shaming them, and, in some cases, threatening their lives because of it. In many of these cases, these people have found it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to rebuild their lives. They lost jobs, friends, and even suffered from depression.
It was after reading this book that I decided to make my presence on line less and less. This weekly editorial is more than enough for me to ponder and share.
Part of being a good citizen is learning the art of forgiveness. It is incumbent upon ourselves to learn to forgive, so that we can ask forgiveness in return when our own decisions have left us feeling ashamed, or being shamed by others. Forgiveness helps us understand that we all have our flaws; none of us is perfect. The act of forgiving others, stepping back into building trust with one another, and trying once again helps us to love ourselves as well. And, this, I believe, is the root of our own happiness.
I know that I am far from perfect, and I hope that, in spite of those imperfections, I can be a good citizen of this world. Stay kind Cabrillo!
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop