Something that has distressed me for some time is the way that we treat our leaders. By “we” I mean the coalition of people that have much in common but were unable to unite to defeat what most recognize to be the worst incoming President in our lifetime. Why do we require our leaders to fit our definition of perfect when the other side ultimately unified behind a racist, misogynist, insecure, lying bullshit artist?
All the efforts to bring down our leaders are not organic. The other side is working hard to de-legitimize our leaders and some of us are accepting their twenty pieces of silver to help. It’s fine to have honest differences of opinions, even public ones. It’s not okay that we denigrate everyone that reaches a certain level of impact to the point where it’s hard for anyone to lead. If you’ve been supportive of leaders and causes you believe in. Please continue. No movement succeeds without followers. I think we should support our leaders more, none of them perfect since nobody is. I plan to positively recognize leaders from all walks of life that are about progress. Now every leader doesn’t mean us well. I have no current plans to come after them in this forum but no promises.
Every month I plan to recognize a leader in the struggle. Some will be readily identifiable, others more obscure. We need to appreciate those who are stepping up and doing their part. In spite of the inevitable backlash that comes with it.
I welcome nominations of people anyone reading this thinks should be considered. Please send any nominations either by Facebook inbox (William Spivey) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m also entertaining suggestions for the name of this recognition. For those that don’t approve of my selections. Please resist the urge to drag them down like crabs in a bucket and wait for the next selection which you might like better. I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities elsewhere to assassinate their character.
There is a power in positivity and conversely a negative impact in looking only at what is wrong. I’m looking forward to offering some positive recognition of those engaged in real work and hope it’s received in the spirit intended.