My late grandmother Jean Warne worked at the local council in Condobolin. I have the clipping from the local newspaper article that announced her ‘retirement’ in 1938.

She was getting married to my grandfather at age 22.

The article said: “Many tributes were paid to Miss Warne when occasion was taken to officially farewell her prior to her retirement in preparation for her forthcoming wedding. She had been a great girl for the council. She was described as having proved her worth. Miss Warne in responding spoke very nicely saying “all the nice remarks of me make it even harder to leave.”

I am very grateful to my grandma. Not just for all she sacrificed to have my mum and aunty but also for showing me that I do not aspire to being referred to as ‘a great girl who has proved my worth’.

I want to know that I don’t have anything to prove to anyone.

Learning how to trust in our own enough-ness can transform our working lives.

When we let go of the burden of needing to prove ourselves, we uplift.

Self-Fidelity Practice To Play With

Here a few burning questions I invite you to reflect upon this week.

Am I trying to prove myself at work?

What new possibilities might emerge if I knew I had nothing to prove to anyone?


You alone are enough, you have nothing to prove to anybody.

Maya Angelou