Every so often, the loudest voices around us are the ones that sow division; seeking to silence, outcast or censor people and perspectives that expand our knowledge, awareness and acceptance of others (or ourselves).
An effort to ban books in U.S. schools, libraries, and university materials/services has seen a recent increase in challenges to stories and information about/by Black and LGBTQ2S+ people — a growing and increasingly worrying trend that is being lead by ultra conservative groups with deep political influence.
The decisions we make now will impact our future; a reality we likely can all understand because we've experienced this within our personal lives. We frequently make choices based on how to positively influence where we're headed and/or mitigate any potential adversity. It's much the same when it comes to global warming — what we decide to do today has a ripple effect on whether or not we alleviate or magnify the disruption and damage that climate change brings.
Whether we've encountered this at some point ourselves or been guilty of doing it to others; being aware of how/when tone policing is used will help to develop and improve valuable listening and advocacy skills.
Finding ways to introduce reminders about what is going well in life is far more important than we may realize. It's all too easy to get caught up in perceived failures, challenges and mistakes; it turns out our brains are hardwired towards a negativity bias. The good news is there are some simple and beneficial things we can do ...
It's an undeniable fact that when people unite under a common goal and implement actionable steps to achieve the progress they wish to see, change is possible. Right now, the most significant worldwide issue we're facing is dealing with global warming and the accelerated climate change it's triggering.
Hypothetical conundrums and dilemmas offer an entertaining way to initiate thought-provoking conversations. Even though these deep questions are designed to be fascinating and fun; would your answers surprise those around you?
I'll freely admit that on occasion, I find trying to proofread and edit my blog posts a bit frustrating. To help improve the overall experience I follow some simple, yet essential practices that deliver a more organized and trouble-free experience.