I believe that the answer is no. As long as we are here, and have the intentions to repair and grow, we can, and we will.
The Reset Zone team has been discussing our feelings towards the recent series of world events that have taken place. We have acknowledged our emotional pain regarding the tragic loss of black lives, at the hands of those who hold great power. We have watched protests turn violent, people and animals being harmed, businesses being destroyed, properties burned to the ground – and we feel gutted by it all. The unleashing of anger and frustration towards centuries of oppression is not unexpected; however, it is very sad and hard to bear.
There is no right thing to say or do at this time. But there are plenty of starting points. The first critical step is commitment.
Commit to change. If you are a non-BIPOC individual, start by acknowledging your privilege. I have recognized how I need to look within myself and be brutally honest with what I know, what I understand, and what I don’t understand. Non-BIPOC individuals, like myself, will never fully understand the true extent of what BIPOC individuals go through in their lifetime. It is critical to take a moment and reflect on the following — What does “I understand that I will never understand. However, I stand.” truly mean to you? What do you understand, that you will never understand? What are you standing for? Why are you standing for it?
I acknowledge my privilege. I have spent many hours unlearning, listening, relearning, supporting, watching, sharing, and reflecting. I have spent my time coping and reflecting through meditation, breathing techniques, and journaling. I have the best intentions, but those intentions need to have meaningful impact.
Action takes many forms. From protesting, petitioning, voting, donating, sharing educational resources, teaching, to merely speaking out and having difficult, uncomfortable conversations with yourself and others.
I would like to invite you to reflect and look deep within yourself. Challenge your own bias, unlearn, relearn, continue educating and informing yourself, and reflect on how you can do better in the community; as an individual or with your business.
Start by listening to what you say to yourself when something does not go well; do you check yourself, your friends, your co-workers, your family members, if they say something racist, or out of line? Be kind with your words, your actions, and be sure to soothe yourself with a little grace, understanding, and forgiveness.
We need to be mindful that progression takes time. We are aiming for progression, not perfection! This will be an ongoing work in progress for many years to come. You will make mistakes, as will I. It’s important to continuing this meaningful conversation, continue challenging your own bias, while standing up for others.
The theme of the pandemic has been “We are all in this together.” As citizens of the earth, we are in this human existence together. When some of our humans need support to rise, we lend that support and we all rise.
Reset Zone will continue to share resources with our audience through our social channels, should you be seeking ways to take action. We will work harder and do better moving forward and continue to support and uplift marginalized voices.
I will stand with, always welcome, and acknowledge our BIPOC community. This does not end tomorrow or next week but will be my lifelong practice. I hope you will join me. If you would like to share your experiences with me about your reflections, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.