I’ve shared Maya Angelou’s quote about history before and I will share it again as it seems relevant today.
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”Maya Angelou
Yesterday, I was overwhelmed with emotion watching and listening to the events at the US Capital play out. I cannot help but be biased in my beliefs that all of this stems from a complete lack of respect, empathy, and compassion from our elected leadership and the culture they encouraged. If we want to build a progressively better life for as many as possible, we must define the culture we collectively desire and take focused iterative steps at bringing each other there. If we want to run far, we must run together.
- Remember the events of 2020.
- Remember the events yesterday at the US Capital.
- Remember any event in the past that produced division rather than unity.
Utilize those painful feelings and uncomfortable events as fuel to define a better, alternative future that We desire so that We can make decisions and take iterative steps forward. This takes empathetic understand and compassionate action, TWO traits we must demand from leadership and the cultures, communities, and teams they help us build.