Regardless of our age, race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or political views, it is safe to say that our world appears to be changing, and quite quickly. From the millions of people who marched across the globe in support of women’s and human rights to those who gathered at airports in support of immigrants and their families, our rapidly changing world continues to reflect the ever-widening political polarization. All of this rapid change brings with it a sense of chaos, anger and fear that threatens to divide us from our friends, our families and our communities.
It doesn’t have to be this way. As Lara Galinsky from the Harvard Business Review asserts, “Fear is a great teacher. If we pretend it doesn’t exist, we miss out on all of its lessons…If we embrace fear as a guide, it can help us move through life’s challenges and come into our ultimate purpose—making us more fulfilled, and increasing the positive impact we have on the world.”
And isn’t this what we all really want regardless of what side of the aisle we reside on? To make a positive impact on the world? I am encouraging myself to not let the chaos make me angry or afraid and to use this time to reflect on how I can make a more positive impact on the world. Join me for the Community Conversations, or consider volunteering, or just take a coworker whom you know sees the world differently to lunch. Staying true to our beliefs does not equal rejecting others. I hope you’ll be brave with me.