This week I am using this space to address my own questions—questions that i know have been on many people’s minds:
How can I help? What can I do? What actions might count?
We can no longer look away. The time has come to challenge ourselves to be better humans. It is hard to know what to do. We are intimidated into shutting up—the risk of saying the wrong thing and being mocked and humiliated on social media is real. Probably, someone will agrees with what I say, but has a quibble with how I say it. I would much prefer to be answering a work-related question.
But if not now, when?
Discomfort is unpleasant. I have arranged my life very specifically to be comfortable, and I like it a lot. But I know I need to get a lot more uncomfortable. And look what I found for inspiration. Luvvie Ajayi defines herself as a troublemaker, and, well, wow. She challenges us to say what needs to be said when it needs to be said. Her rules for speaking up in ways that you won’t regret are:
- Do you mean it?
- Can you defend it?
- Can you say it with love?
I can live with these rules. Bet you can, too.