The City, My CityMarch 22, 2013 - Author: Bernadette Saddik
She lived in a happy town, where she knew each resident by name. Every day, she skipped back to her home, her comfort, filled with love and familiarity. One day, she returns from her journeys, but there is no joy, no smile to greet her. Instead, a new city has taken its place, very strange to her. She wanders lost through the foreign streets, looking for someone, something, anything she knows. It has all changed. She has a decision to make. Adapt or fall.
She begins to learn the new language, watching others speak, and applying these new skills. While the culture is unfamiliar to her, she reflects on how she acts and strives to improve. She realizes that her experience makes her unique among her fellow citizens. But how, she wonders, can she make a difference?
Sobbing in a street corner, she is overwhelmed. So much to do, so much pain to handle. What is the balance? Wait. Is that the key, more than just a footnote? Pulling herself together, for no one, she vows, should see her tears, she marches forward examining this new possibility.
Alone, she can only go so far. There is only so much she could do herself before she becomes too involved, too attached to her work. But this means letting others in on her work, perhaps exposing her flaws, her weaknesses. Can she trust others to lift her up and not slash her down? Is she ready for exposure of her work?
In this work, she sees some of the most powerful communication in this new society means speaking up. Another challenge to overcome. Capture the attention of her targets. Put herself in the public sphere. She has an end-result she wants her audience to arrive to; it is her responsibility to take them there. But how? That blasted question. She feels she has asked this too many times to be a worthwhile voice. But, she must persevere to rise; else she will fade into obscurity.
She must embrace her imperfections to go further, otherwise, the lack of it will consume her. Let them hear her stutter as she struggles. Let them see her stumble as she so passionately advocates for a better life for all. Let them conclude that it is precisely this innate imperfection within us that has caused so many problems, but also that drives us to so many solutions.
She is ready to “speak out, no matter how loud or shaky; stand up, no matter how tall or steady” (Purpose). She strides before her judges—no—her peers, to recruit them to a cause greater than any single one of us. She leans heavily on her peers and mentors. But, She Is Ready.
She steps down from the podium, anxious for the next stage in her journey. For the first time in a long time, she smiles, and others smile back. Though the lonely tears still fall, she’s home again. This time, though, she won’t be complacent. She will continuously work for the betterment of others. That is her path in life. Won’t you join her?
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Timothy 1:9-10 NIV
I wrote this piece as my final argumentation for learning in my CTW course. The link to the portfolio with the works mentioned is at https://www.taskstream.com/ts/saddik/Portfolio