Thought Leadership on Community
October 18, 2013 1 Comment
If you are reading this post, that means you are part of my community. I have long held a belief that somehow, I am supposed to make differences that ripples out, affecting a lot of people, in positive ways. So hopefully something in this will resonate for you.
In Latin, the word Communitatum was a noun that meant “fellowship” and the word Unitatum meant “oneness, sameness or agreement.” From that, the word Community is derived; Fellowship in agreement, which means different things to different people.
In life we have a choice to go down many roads two of which could include judgement or compassion.
We have all seen people who have chosen one over the other or perhaps one that led to the another. I’m no expert, but I am always on the road to becoming more of who I am and living my best life and have learned there are countless times the act of compassion can open doors to new ways of thinking. Sometimes people seem to create chaos and/or condemnation, which could lead us to wonder if it is a pattern that has continued to show up in their lives. But then we realize to err is human.
Curiosity about the way people process information has always been interesting to me. How often have we forgotten the amount of courage it takes to keep showing up for those who have been the target of judgement? Better yet, what about the courage it takes for those who have witnessed injustice to speak up?
It was Desmond Tutu who said: “ I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. ” Another quote from him includes: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
We all have experienced a challenging series of events that have felt isolating. I recall a time when someone followed their intuition by reaching out to a colleague who seemed distant and disconnected. As it turned out, the intuition was spot on. By taking a first step and being proactive, this individual demonstrated the character of a true leader because he/she sought to understand the bigger picture by sharing their perspective and asking questions.
That act was brave, authentic and one of the most kindhearted things I had ever seen. It validated some truths that were unspoken and took the term “compassion” to another level. It helped to give me the vision of the kind of leader I strive to be. It was redeeming and restored my faith in the human spirit.
Tied to judgement and compassion, are just two emotions, which set the premise for much of how we live in our communities.
Judgement is often the result of some unresolved fear, while compassion is borne out of love. So whenever you see something unjust, or whenever you are struggling yourself, speak up and remember the significance of community. We never get anywhere without the fellowship of others. That is exactly what has brought us to this moment. Community will continue to sustain us, so don’t forget that it takes just one person to make a choice resulting in huge impacts for others. And it takes just one person to make a difference.
When I choose love, compassion and forgiveness, I know my thoughts feelings and actions are in alignment with my values, principles and goals. That is the kind of person I want to be and nothing can ever replace that.
So how about you? What will you choose today?
Look around; who do you know that could use a little compassion? Do me and yourself a favor, #PayitForward and reach out to them.
Furthermore, share your thoughts below. Have you ever had a similar experience? I’d love for you to join the conversation. Thanks for reading my blog.
This post was inspired by #TheDailyPrompt – Photographers, artists, poets: show us COMMUNITY.