Human Rights

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I have a healthy dose of ego.  Let’s reframe that and call it self-confidence.  Blogging every week is an indicator of that fact for sure.  In order to remind myself that the universe is vast though, I try to volunteer my time for causes that add meaning and purpose to my life beyond the self.  I try…

This past week I was asked to help the Human Rights Campaign make phone calls to prospective North Carolina voters urging them to vote against a proposed amendment to their constitution which would among other things ban same-sex marriage.

I thought, “This could be tons of fun!”

So I brought a friend and together with about 15 other volunteers we all gathered in a conference room to discuss our responsibilities.

I observed four powerful things:

  1. The Power of Youth:  Thank goodness for young people (I sound like my grandmother).  The generational difference in perspective on what constitutes human rights is profound.  In short, younger people are far more inclusive and they are willing to fight for it!  We all have the capacity to act youthful though.  When was the last time you did something spontaneous and daring?  When was the last time you thought and acted passionately about a cause?  Do it again!
  2. The Power of Diversity:  The rainbow was somewhat represented.  But what was most encouraging were the straight people in the room.  It is human nature to categorize, but it is also human nature to embrace differences if we choose to engage and explore.  Who can you embrace this week from a posture of curiosity and non-judgment?
  3. The Power of Fear:  When I spoke with one voter he said his vote was private.  Remember, all of our actions have consequences often far beyond our own “private” life.  Becoming aware and accepting of those consequences is one of life’s greatest pursuits and pleasures!  How can you express your views with conviction?
  4. The Power of Agency:  This is fancy term for the belief in human empowerment.  All of the volunteers were making the choice to engage.  We believe that our actions have the potential to influence an outcome.  In short, we were not acting like victims, but like advocates.  When is it the time to stop blaming others and start advocating for you and your community?

Beyond racial, gender, or age diversity, this experience made me think of the importance of “thought diversity.”  What can you do this week to broaden your rainbow of interactions AND your rainbow of thoughts?

P.S.  Life coaching can help you explore ways to flex your thoughts and interactions so that they broaden and build you, rather than limit or impede you.

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