Originally published on Medium.com. Why did I write it there…heck if I know.
I took yesterday off, Monday, January 15th 2018, in order to observe Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. It is the first of many days that will shape the way I think, the way I interact, and the way I am confidently driven to lift up those around me. Yes, my day wasn’t all dedicated to service as I found myself on a roller rink for a 7 year old’s birthday party and at the grocery story getting the week’s fill. Life continues, but a quote from MLK struck me today more than many others.
“It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, “Wait on time.”
I’ve heard myself say things like, “Wait on time” and be patient. Patience is a virtue if and only if it is part of directed action. I am now going to check myself hourly to make sure that my silence isn’t a reflection of the fear that is creeps around inside me. I am going to take action with family and take action with friends to lift up an agenda focused on human interaction, inclusion, and social investment.
Thanks for listening. How can I help you? What social causes are you a part of that I can encourage your continued action?
As a land of citizens supposedly striving towards a common good, why do those in power keep selling us out? If we cannot trust those in power, I can immediately see two options to improve this lost trust.
- Remove those from office that don’t represent the majority of us by all legal means necessary
- Be bold and lead, support, and or champion those that are free from monetary bias
So, what’s now? A few places that might be able to use your energy (and an ever growing list):
ACLU American Civil Liberties Union
EFF Electronics Frontier Foundations
The Hill : 83% of Americans Support Net Neutrality
My next efforts, contacting my local representatives. More to come.
If you have thoughts on how to help let me know and I’ll update this post.
(Written on MARTA while commuting to work. Please forgive my errors. -sD)
I cannot claim to have thought up this idea, but when I heard Jared Spool talking about why you write a thank you letter to your imaginary hire, it made complete sense. We don’t talk with friends in bullet points and calls to action. Culture isn’t made up of font choices and section spacing. Relationships in business and friendship rely on compassion, trust, understanding, and silly banter. If I am seeking to get into a business and friend relationship with another individual, why would I recruit them with a list of requirements? Not bad mouthing industry practices, but I’d like to do my discover a bit differently. Continue reading “Recruiting vs Friend-making”
(Working draft written on an iPhone SE while on MARTA. -sD)
I grew up in a very comfortable home. The only child of an amazing single mother, I am lucky to have such a loving surrounding. Between my mom, my grandparents, and my friends, I had a positive environment to thrive. I won’t go deep into my childhood and my crushing fears that nobody liked me, I instead want to highlight my childhood symbol of wealth, Ziploc bags. Continue reading “The Wealthy Had Ziploc Bags”
Forgive my lack of editing/word smithing/run-on-sentences as I wanted to get this written before running to a 6-year-old’s birthday party.
My response to Empathy Lab’s Question #231 : Most Proud
Today, I am proud of something that occurred a few days ago. I am proud of the empathetic and emotional understanding my six-year-old daughter, Juliette, recently displayed. While sitting at the dinner table on Wednesday, my wife, Laura, and I decided to talk about what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. Since we have some good family friends that live out there, we decided to make sure Juliette knew her friends were okay. We use dinner time to sit around the table and talk about our days, things that are on our minds, and tell bad jokes before running upstairs to bathe. Since we are an NPR morning drive-to-school family, she and her three-year-old brother, Grayson, heard many stories about the car accident, the angry crowds of people, and our leaders response to it all. In the car we would briefly explain what was happening and encourage her to ask questions as she had them. Nothing really major was explained in the car for good reason, we wouldn’t be able to hold their hands if they were unable to understand the depths of the issues at hand. Continue reading “Proud of Juliette”
Empathy Lab has recently crossed the 50 question mark! Yay! As part of the Empathy Lab rollout, I’ve recently started inviting more friends and relatives to the empathy experiment. As we’ve been progressing through the questions, I’ve been answering the questions on the side. Here is a rundown on my first 50 answers. Some of them I will break out as individual blog posts and elaborate when I have the time. Continue reading “50 Answers to 50 questions”
Last night’s thought after reading Shel Silverstein’s “Missing Piece Meets the Big O”…
Day in day out, ideas pour from my head,
So many things to explore before I drop dead.
My to-do list is like yours, extensive yet incomplete,
I check one thing off, add four more, zero inbox is quite a feat.
The thing that scares me most can make an above average wave,
I must lead with my heart, lean forward, and be brave.
-Shelton Continue reading “Scared Progression into the New”