Be forceful with yourself, learn to integrate the negative, harnessing its force to cross the boundaries that would confine you. John O’Donohue
Earlier today I published the following post: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/weekend-cultural-perspective-jo-ann-m-radja for your weekend reading. . .
“Most of us read daily – reports, emails, online newspapers, LinkedIn posts, etc. A Spring surprise occurs when you click on a post and a brief read becomes memorable because it provides a new perspective. The document I read is a brief read and is a take-away from a Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Retreat, written by Shameless Heart Coach, Marina Smerling.
Very simply, we are reminded to look into ourselves first. Pay attention to what emotions are bubbling up in you when a trigger of words are spoken. You begin the conversation because you know yourself very well. And yet, an unconscious bias is trying to take hold in you while you want to control your reaction to the trigger of words. A practice of not helping someone who didn’t ask for help may be the key to handle a trigger of words. The issue is not the trigger itself, it is how are you handling yourself in the situation. What are YOU paying attention to within yourself.
A perspective of how to handle yourself is to reach out as an ally. As an ally you take away the “rank and privilege” connotation. “I am your ally” is welcoming and creates a space that answers the question, “Why are your here?”
The photo above depicts a cultural practice of an Easter Tree. What? you might say. Why would someone want to do that? Perhaps it is another opportunity to understand the diversity in our community that believes the Easter Eggs represent new beginnings. New beginnings is a universal concept that each of the member Coaches of the LinkedIn Group: Coaches for Equality and Diversity (CED) represent to foster understanding of these issues and its dynamics to the world at large.
So what new beginnings during this Spring Season are you contemplating, as you Choose Who You Want to be Known As? Whatever holiday you practice during the 2016 Spring Season, have a Happy Holiday!
“Jo Ann” M. Radja
Martha Lasley, Co-Founder of Leadership That Works, posted in the CED Group Marina Smerling’s document; written permission to share it with you was given by Coach Smerling via Coach Lasley: http://www.leadershipthatworks.com/documentFiles/665.pdf