Connecting local responses around the world
SALT - ed
It’s not every day that the family huddles together to speak openly about personal strengths, hopes and fears. And, when such a day occurs; poignant effects are nothing but expected.
That could be the prologue to what happened when papa (after much cajoling) got us to do “SALT”.
So, it started like this. On sheets of paper all four of us (that’s ma, papa, akram and myself) were to write spontaneous responses, thoughts and perceptions to papa (our facilitator)’s questions.
To begin with, we were asked to note down what we believed to be our strengths, anything we were proud of. Now the responses couldn’t have been more varied, from Ma’s EQ, memorization prowess and culinary skills to Akram’s leadership skills, athletic and techie grasp-(Isn’t that combination hard to come across) and creative (to be read as Photoshop pro) proficiency, while for me it was a chance to brag about skills relating to social media, emphatic understanding and transforming problems to solutions. It was papa who stole the crown and our hearts when he counted us, his children among his strengths!
Then we were asked to write our hopes and concerns. Just like papa had predicted, and to our surprise, our individual hopes were antonyms of our personal concerns. Like, my brother looked forward to do his MSc from an A1 Uni but was concerned about the competition for scholarships…My desire to make the most of all my abilities stemmed from my concern to succeed in everything I do.
So, we recognized that everyone has potential strengths, which together with permutations and combinations of hopes and concerns depicts their journey.
“What makes us Human?” papa asked and we responded that faith, peace, intelligence, love, spirituality, optimism and emotion sets us apart from other living beings. So, humans shared these intrinsic traits in differing ratios obviously, but which nevertheless made them alike. Now that we had all agreed to all humans being equivalent in this regard, what made us different from each other? Personality, lifestyle, individual strengths and weaknesses, social influence, beliefs, faith, culture…circumstances, experiences and choices.
This was an epiphany like no other.
Everyone was equal, when it came to values and qualities; but the knowledge exploited, choices chosen and experiences build up who we are. A man on the street is no less worthy than the woman on her way to the office; each one is where they are because of circumstances and endeavors.
So that was what SALT was all about.
S – to Share, Strengthen, Support and Stimulate. A - Appreciate. L - Listen, Learn and Link. And, T -Team, Transfer.
In addition to the above insights, we comprehended that strengths and success rested on turning concerns to hopes; we could be experts in what we do but qualities are reinforced further when we join forces… we only stand to gain more when we make SALT a way of life.