Get Out of My Life, You Are Different Than Me!
It’s time for all people to step into the power of character-based leadership. Leadership based on values that epitomize integrity, respect, humility, trust, and above all, communication. We are facing a crisis of leadership of unimaginable proportions, and choices are being made by the leadership we have elected and some that have been appointed, that will have a huge impact on our country, and our humanity.
Okay, this may be a rant, but I’m stunned. We seem to be moving backward and creating a culture that the founders of the United States fought so hard to escape. We can turn this around by stepping into our own leadership, and letting the powers that be know that we will not tolerate this type of behavior. We are better than this, and what we need now, more than ever, is for every person to realize that they are leaders in their own right, and their opinion counts.
Why am I ranting?
According to the Lawrence Journal-World, Democrats joined Republicans in the Kansas House vote (89-27) to pass a bill that allows anyone to opt out of anti-discrimination laws that protect the GLBT by claiming they violate their “religious freedom”. If the Kansas Senate passes the bill, and the Governor signs it (which he has indicated he will do), an unprecedented example will be set for all states to follow, and we will be well on our way to living The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood.
For example, anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender could be fired, evicted, denied an education, or be asked to leave a business establishment if the employer, landlord, teacher or restaurant owner decided they were “offensive” because they live a lifestyle that conflicts with their religious beliefs.
Today, I read an article that the NYC Department of Education has asked for 50 ‘Forbidden” Words be eliminated from standardized tests because they may upset some people, and make students feel unpleasant. What are the words? Here is a short list for you to ponder:
Birthday (some religions don’t believe in birthdays celebrations)
Cancer (and other diseases)
Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes)
Dinosaurs (suggests evolution)
Expensive gifts, vacations, material possessions, computers in the home, and prizes (suggests wealth)
Halloween (suggests paganism)
Homelessness, poverty (as opposed to wealth, I suppose)
Nuclear weapons, terrorism, violence, war, bloodshed, weapons (guns, knives, etc.), traumatic material including animal shelters
Television and video games
Occult topics (fortune-telling, psychic, parapsychology, witchcraft)
Politics, religion, religious holidays and festivals of any kind
Dancing – except ballet
Music – specifically rock-and-roll music
Yesterday, I watched a video of a very overweight young man and his friend sing for Britain’s Got Talent. The initial reaction as they walked on the stage was disgust from both the audience and the judges – epitomized by Simon turning to the judge to his right and saying “And just when you think it couldn’t get any worse.” This young man has the voice of an angel, rivaling Pavarotti, at the age of 17. His friend stated her thoughts in a short clip – “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover, you must read it” as they discussed his weight and the impact of the bullying he had endured throughout his short life. Johnny, the young man, was terrified to perform. His self-confidence was almost non-existent, “losing a piece of himself each time he was bullied”. Without the support of his friend, we might never have been allowed to experience the joy of his voice; the absolute beauty.
Diversity is beautiful. Diversity is what makes us who we are as a community, a state, a nation – as humanity. Rather than bully, deny or legislate against this diversity, we should be celebrating and embracing it!
We all have differing viewpoints about our world – there are 7 billion pieces to the overarching bigger picture. We don’t know nor can we fathom the truth of who we are until we are open to listening to all the viewpoints, and then taking the time to put them into one global perspective. No one is better or worse than another. No belief is better or worse than another. It is what it is. It’s time for us to step into this reality, and begin working side by side in community so that we might move forward.
Tell me what you think! Are you ready to step forward?
Georgia Feiste, President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth and leadership coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She is also a Usui Reiki Master and EFT practitioner. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. You can also find Georgia on her website, Collaborative Transitions, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Georgia may also be reached at (402) 304-1902 if you wish to schedule a 30 minute complementary consultation.