You may have noticed that I have been pretty much absent from social media and the world wide web for some time now. There have been a variety of reasons for that, and I have struggled over the past few weeks to find the words to share them with you all. But taking this time away to be present in my life and to reflect on everything that has happened in the past few months has been invaluable, and I encourage everyone to disconnect now and then when it’s possible for you.
The world has been a scary place lately and like many of you, my heart has been incredibly heavy. While I have not been active on social media, I have thought long and hard about the issues of racism and police brutality we are facing in this country. I have had conversations with family and friends about it, I have read and listened to stories from those who have experienced it, I have donated to organizations I believe will further the eradication of racism, I have reflected on how I’ve contributed to it and I have considered what steps I can take in my personal life and in my career to combat it.
I have also felt increasing pressure to post more about all of this on social media. While I think social media is a valuable vehicle for change, it’s not the only one and it’s certainly not the best one. Complicated concepts and ideas are simplified and misunderstood. The empathy and respect that come from speaking to someone face-to-face disappear. We dig in our heels instead of trying to understand. The lines between what is performative and what is authentic become blurred. We cancel instead of discussing and educating. We start typing and we stop listening.
How each of us chooses to take part in this movement will look different. Some of you may feel called to boldly speak out and share content on the issues we are facing on social media, and I applaud that. But that is not my path. It is not my time to speak and to lead, it is my time to listen. And I will continue to do just that, to learn and grow, to educate myself, to be open to viewpoints different than my own, and to use my mind, my experience, my skills, and my heart to further the cause of ending racism however I can, and in ways that are true to my core values and beliefs.
It’s good to be back.