Looking for a light?
June Wellness Check-in from Mixolo founder, Carolyn Walton Lynch
“If everything around you is dark, look again, you may be the light.” - Rumi
I can’t begin to know how any of you are experiencing or internalizing the events of the past few months, particularly those of late that have sparked protests and unrest all over the world.
While each of us may have a unique perspective on the current events and how change should occur, we are moving in a more united way to ensure that racism and marginalization are no longer the go-to law and social order strategies - and we’ve made some baby steps to a world where we co-exist with COVID-19 with less devastating consequences.
The anxiety is real. Don’t get it twisted.
Last Tuesday was a milestone birthday for me and it coincided with a nationwide movement on social media, #blackouttuesday, that was embraced by many and met with suspicion by many - because America... That's just who we are.
I woke up feeling that I could not in good conscience celebrate my 60th birthday while dark clouds of political and civil unrest were enveloping everyone I know and care about, all under the watchful pink-eye of that COVID-19 virus.
This is not your standard anti-racism pronouncement:
I was genuinely moved by many of the heartfelt messages flooding my email inboxes from business leaders expressing their support for equality and human dignity, specifically black lives in America, after the latest deaths of black men and women involving members of law enforcement. Many of the businesses and organizations speaking out have historically denied harboring conscious or unconscious bias in their engagement and treatment of job applicants, employees, business partners, or customers.
The words “diversity” and “inclusion” are often filler words for strategic marketing. Some of the messages are coming from organizations that you only need Google their leadership and staff see that their words are empty; however, it must be noted that the specious “we don’t see color” statement has evolved into a full-on acknowledgment of the institutionalized injustices affecting people of color with specific statements of action. The world is watching.