“I I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
– The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I’m pretty sure you must have noticed…
Millions of people and families living in poverty–far too many of them experiencing homelessness.
Leaders who regularly traffic in hate, intolerance and dehumunization.
A reckless and growing disregard for the truth, which can only characterized as a virtual epidemic of bullshit.
The unrelenting trashing of our environment.
A rising tide of deaths and horrific injuries from guns of all sorts.
And on and on.
So just how much has to happen before we truly start to see what this all means?
How much has to happen before we realize our silence and acquiescence makes us co-conspirators?
How much has to happen before we say enough is enough?
How much has to happen before we do something?
The best moment on television yesterday was clearly this.
The second best, in my opinion, was Jake Tapper’s CNN interview with White House adviser (and front-runner for the least likable person to grow up in Santa Monica) Stephen Miller.
For more than 10 minutes Miller spouted off irrelevant nonsense until Tapper finally showed him the door with the send-off “I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time.” If only more folks had the courage to take decisive action on the useless, the meaningless, the dishonest, the distracting.
We waste our customers’ time with undifferentiated products, boring experiences and one-size-fits-all marketing.
We waste our teams’ time with meetings that have no discernible goals or impact.
We waste our friends’ and followers’ time with posts that serve no purpose other than to prop up our egos.
We waste our own time by needing to be right, staying stuck in resentment, obsessing about things we cannot change, confusing busy with effective, and on and on.
Mary Oliver, probably my favorite poet, beckons us with the question: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
This post was also published on my business blog.
We are surrounded by the wrong voices.
People who tell us that our idea won’t work because it’s been tried before.
People who are talking when they should be listening.
People who condemn out of fear, ignorance, hate and intolerance.
People whose minds were never open in the first place.
People who feel powerful only when they make others feel small.
No one is forcing you to heed their call.
It’s a choice to turn off your inner voice of doubt and walk through your fear.
You can follow your passion.
You can do what’s right.
You can make a difference.
We can make a difference.
Let’s get started.
What better time than now?
A version of this post originally appeared at http://www.stevenpdennis.com