Blog Challenge "100 posts in 100 days" Post #14
I live in the same house I grew up in. My parents taught me that my opinions matter and to use my voice because I have great ideas that must be heard. This was when I was still using the bottom half of a cute little two-piece plastic table as a megaphone to yell at anyone within earshot "put your hands on top of your head."
My ideas have evolved since then, but the general idea remains, speak up. I don't know how to be quiet or go with the flow. I honestly don't think it is in my DNA.
I like it when my opinion is different than those around me, I'm lucky enough to work at a company, and on a team where differences are valued, and debate is encouraged, it's how we change things for the better. It's how we get to new ways of doing things that weren't an option before we worked through it by disagreeing, finding common ground, taking the best part of each to make a good idea into a great one.
Innovation doesn't happen without a difference of opinion. I don't know about you but I kind of like the idea of progress and want to continue making it. I can have an intelligent conversation with those who oppose my views without losing my mind, and while I know I am not the only one capable of demonstrating this type of civility, it feels like it sometimes.
I challenge anyone reading this to stand up for someone when you get the urge, don't let the fear of what others might say or do stand in your way. And if you find yourself in a conversation, any conversation, but especially online and you have a chance to speak your truth, do it. Freedom extends right up to the point that it invades someone else's freedom. Fight the urge to run with the pack, listen to the little voice in your head the next time you hear it say "that isn't right" or "that's not true."
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, not do unto others what you've seen others do. Stand tall in the face of those who spend their time judging and accusing others based off of half-truths or manipulated facts.
It is much easier to jump on the bandwagon without checking