Today is the day we honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Therefore, I think it fitting to share that I’ve decided to attend the Women’s March in Washington on the 21st. I’ve also decided to attend some of the Inaugural Events on the 20th. (Timing is a bit of a challenge with travel, so am going to do what I can in this realm.)
I realize that for many, this will appear to be a conflict of interest.
But there are a few things I’ve learned in the last couple of years.
Listening to people doesn’t mean I agree with them. It means I’m curious, open and willing. Listening builds trust. Trust builds connection.
Change begins with me.
I can be for you and also be for me.
My truth is to stand up for and with love, no matter where I am.
My work is not about politics…it is about people.
I would rather be for something than against it.
I believe, at the deepest level of my being, these words from the amazing Martin Luther King, Jr himself, “Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
There will be those who consider my attendance at both of these events…not taking a stand.
But here is what I know and have experienced time and time again.
Taking a stand can happen anywhere. It can happen in the line of a convenience store, traffic, my workplace, on a run, in the gym…wherever there is injustice there is an opportunity to take a stand…and wherever I go…there is also an opportunity for love.
The question for me always…is how to be both within that same moment.
I do not have an answer. I just know that until I am willing to put myself in the position to find out…I will never know.
Happy Martin Luther King Day friends!!!!