Recognizing that I have the right to be angry and letting that anger sit with me has been a powerful force. Past-me might have felt that my anger was frivolous. That if I could just be nice and kind, I could make change. But I've come to believe that kindness and compassion and anger and sadness can actually all live together. This was/is a revelization for me. When I talk about showing love and compassion to those I disagree with, I'm not talking about being nice and ignoring hatful, racist, misogynistic or xenophobic things that are said. I can love someone because they are a human being with hopes and dreams and values and beliefs and because of that love want them to be better, to themselves and those around them.
What I love about communications isn't the writing, the messaging, the one-pagers or the press releases. What I love about communications work is that it facilitates connections. When I'm doing my job well I'm in active conversation with my audience. I am connecting. We are connecting.
When I heard the This American Life episodes titled, "The Problem We All Live With," I had to question what I meant by community and how important it really is. The episodes are about school desegregation.
My hope for this newsletter is that every once in a while it leads to you a revelization. I hope to compile interesting reads, or listens (I'm in love with podcasts), that shake you up a bit or add a new dimension to something you've been thinking about for a long time.