Words can be powerful. They can uplift, inspire, make us laugh, get us thinking, reveal perspectives unseen, fortify, find common ground — and so much more. Choosing how we speak to ourselves or others, coupled with action that comes from those words, arguably, is one of the most impactful things we can do.
We can all learn something from what others choose to talk about. Their stories, life experiences, activism, love, encouragement and motivation can be something we can use in our own lives to make a difference. We can pause, listen, learn, understand and act. Navigating our every day can be hard, but many people have come before us and gifted a shared knowledge that is invaluable to us all.
Here are 5 Quotes for Personal & Social Change …
Tokenism is no longer acceptable nor is a feminism that is not inclusive or intersectional. Often progress is seen through a White lens (we celebrate women earning the right to vote in the U.S as happening in 1920, but it wasn’t until decades later that any discrimination or barriers put in place to disenfranchise Native, Black, Asian and Latinx women from voting were removed, for example). Progress must include all women. It’s that simple.
Wherever it may exist, speaking out against injustice is a responsibility we all hold, whether we are ready to act on it or not. There is no perfect time to raise our voices, there is only now.
Land and nature are not a commodity, and our use of it in this way cannot continue. Climate change and the environmental damage we have inflicted so far will not sustain nature’s future (of which we are a part of). It’s time to heal what gives us life and — for those of us who have forgotten — to rekindle our connection to the natural world.
There must be consequences to words, thoughts and actions that cause personal harm or systemic injustice. However, if there’s no room for positive change those consequences will become empty and obsolete. If there’s no belief that someone or something can become better, or do better, then what are we hoping for? What are we working towards?
Be brave, step outside of your comfort zone every once in a while, take a step towards something you don’t think you can do, allow yourself to try for things you believe are out of your reach. Take one step and repeat. We all have the capability to surprise ourselves, even when things don’t work out as planned or go how you want. Sometimes where we thought we would end up is not where we are meant to be — and that’s okay.
What are your favourite motivational or inspirational quotes? What words do you live by?