Weekly Tribes 2014-2015: Weights and Wings

Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing Manny Scott in action, in front of about 900 middle students who were completely engaged in what he had to say. Manny is a ‘Freedom Writer’ – you may remember the movie some years ago (If you haven’t seen it, you should!). Among other inspirations he shared with the students, he challenged them to ‘get rid of your weights, and go with your wings.’

Weights are the people, places, things, or ideas (the nouns) and actions (verbs) in your life that aren’t good for you; they make you feel bad; they hold you back from your potential.

Wings are the ‘nouns and verbs’ that are positive, uplifting, supportive, and enriching.

After the assembly, I gathered students in a community circle and invited them to share their ‘weights and/or wings’. Many students passed the first time around. As the sharing unfolded, students (and I) experienced some overwhelming feelings and perspectives about one another.

Needless to say, this was an influential experience.