At the risk of being ignored, unfriended or scoffed at loudly by some, right now is the time to speak up. I’ve never hesitated to comment about things that are meaningful to me. I’m relatively unafraid (or just stupid as some have said) – after all, I’ve jumped out of an airplane 22 times (BTW, I don’t do that anymore).
Now is the time to speak, to voice feelings and concerns, and speak up against injustice. Not tomorrow or the next day or next year. Time is short; life is short.
And a couple of related observations. It’s easy to get angry and write someone off in the heat of the moment when you disagree, but everyone deserves a chance to be heard. I regularly remind myself about forgiveness, mercy and compassion; I’m still working on this.
Second, everyone is dealing with something. Who doesn’t have problems or frustrations? Who doesn’t feel sad or unhappy from time to time? And it’s not about the “issue” itself. If something is significant to you, you won’t hear me say your concern is silly or unfounded or stupid. I may disagree with your point of view, but I’ll listen to what you have to say. Or I’ll be there in the moment with you, not saying anything. Words aren’t necessary. Frankly, sometimes words are overrated and emotions and sentiment rule the day.
It’s no coincidence that today a friend posted on Facebook: “Reminded today of how blessed I am.” Remember the things that matter.
Enjoy. For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield, 1967.
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Today’s wake-up call arrived in this email:
The other person is always right
Always right about feelings.
About the day he just experienced.
About the fears (appropriate and ill-founded) in his life.
About the narrative going on, unspoken, in his head.
About what he likes and what he dislikes.
You’ll need to travel to this place of ‘right’ before you have any chance at all of actual communication.
This is the synchronicity of the universe. This is the message I needed to hear today from Seth Godin, the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world. Seth writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip and Purple Cow.
And here’s a related blog post from Seth worth reading today, If not now, when?
Embrace caring. Imagine what you can do through change.
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As everyone recuperates from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today is #GivingTuesday, a great opportunity to give back to your community. You can search for nonprofits in your neighborhood, explore volunteer opportunities, or donate to a charity or organization that has impacted your life.
One of the organizations I support is Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs. And through today, every donation made will be matched dollar for dollar up to the first $20,000.
Now’s the time to help others! Find out more at Give a Dog a Job and check out Giving Tuesday.
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