Racial tension has risen to critical levels over recent years. Although there has always been racism, it is my personal opinion that the sudden increase has a lot to do with politicians (and of course social media). It’s a sad state of affairs when leaders become so comfortable that racist remarks roll off their tongues without a second thought. I hear a lot of comments in the political arena regarding it being a breath of fresh air when others speak their truth. Why that is acceptable in politics where the negative impact is more far-reaching (and definitely more detrimental), but not in the workplace is beyond me. It seems to me that if it’s not acceptable in the work environment, it couldn’t possibly be beneficial in the political arena. Especially when what comes out of your mouth can impact how I am perceived, and even more importantly how I am treated.
Over the course of my working years I’ve heard more than once that HOW I say something can be far more important than WHAT I say. I can also admit that some of my thoughts (probably more than 50% of them!), should stay in the dark recesses of my mind. Especially when they are not conducive to the environment. I’ve learned that it’s a good idea for me to think before I speak. (I’m even doing a better job not wearing my thoughts on my face, lol!). Is what I want to say true, kind, and more important, necessary? If it DOES need to be said, do I need to be the one to say it? A mentor taught me this important lesson, and it has served me well over the last few years. It can be true in my mind, but sometimes it needs to stay there. Even if it needs to be said, I’ve learned that it might be better letting someone else say it. For me, letting someone ELSE say it is definitely the way to go, lol. I remember a past Supervisor telling me that history only repeats itself. I’ve been thinking a lot about that comment lately, based on what’s going on in society. It’s scary, and I’m so glad that my children are grown. I would not even know how to explain what is going on in the world today. Not only is there chaos, but that chaos has risen to a level of crisis!