Change is made by example
This is a powerful time for our country. We can either take the current events and learn from them, or we can continue to function as we have been and learn nothing.
Our children are watching. They are not only watching the news, reading stuff on social media, and talking to one another…they are watching us. They are quietly watching how we are handling things, what words we are using, what actions we are taking.
Be VERY VERY AWARE of what you are saying and doing right now. Your words and actions have profound meaning on those that you interact with every day; especially the younger generations.
I, for one, am not sad and disappointed in the current state of affairs in our country, I am inspired by them. Doing what I do for a living has taught me that almost every single one of us has to hit a rock bottom, before we seek out change. This is absolutely our country’s rock bottom, which means, it is the perfect time for change.
So, I encourage all of you to start making changes. Do you post a lot on social media? If so, start incorporating positive messages about equality for all and how racial injustice MUST STOP NOW. Do you work with others? If so, start instigating meaningful conversations with your co-workers about race. Learning to listen is another way to learn compassion. Do you vote?? If so, look into the candidates running – what are their attitudes on race? How many people of color do they have in their inner circle?
The bottom line is that ALL of us can do better. We can stop the generational prejudices right here and right now. Our kids deserve better. They deserve to learn to love one another for WHO they are, and not base their opinions on the color of skin. We must lead by example.
To quote the late (assassinated for the COLOR of his skin), Martin Luther King Jr:
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”