Another wild week… And yet this has become the norm.
I find myself perplexed and disheartened watching the news, witnessing the next terrorist attack, discovering noose sightings in Washington, DC, or watching the inane digital jabs on Twitter. What the heck is going on?
Why are we so afraid of one another? Why are we so hellbent on destruction? Why are so comfortable with discord?
Then comes a speech where I am astounded by the power of truth, courage and hope.
You may have heard about the controversy around removing the Confederate statues in New Orleans. This is a heated topic to say the least, causing large demonstrations from both sides in recent weeks. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a powerful speech on Friday, May 19th in which he articulated the reasons behind his decision to ultimately remove them in the near future.
Please do yourself a favor and take a look. (You can jump in at the 4 minute mark.)
This speech is an example of truth and courage in action. He articulates the need to step back and examine our humanity. He encourages us to consider how much more powerful and creative we are together, instead of apart. He asks us to step in the shoes of someone different from ourselves to see life from fresh eyes. He reminds us to:
“Do the right thing. Not the easy thing.”
On top of all of that, he is an outstanding example of a powerful, authentic speaker. When you can share your insights from both your heart and your head, you can change the minds of even your fiercest foe.
It’s our time to be the change we wish to see in the world. Keep listening. Keep connecting. Keep visioning a brighter, better future for everyone. It matters.