Tag: fear

The time “in-between”

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What has been different about this holiday period, which I usually find quite a difficult time, is the peace and joy I’ve found. I haven’t felt the struggle of being alone while everyone is away — in fact I’ve enjoyed the space and it has been evenly broken up by visitors. Even the days over Christmas (I can even write it now!) flowed without incident. This period is such a great “in-between” time. It’s 2014 becoming 2015. The days don’t matter (everyday’s a Saturday). And there’s plenty of time to do stuff, yet nothing has to be done.

Diversity — are you trying to get it right?

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Organisations that build cultures that require people to do the right thing in regards to culture, gender, sexuality, function (disability) etc, create behaviours governed by fear. People will avoid engagement in order to stay safe, because they’ll be scared of getting it wrong.

Nobody wants to be shamed, blamed, attacked, punished or made fun of.

Let’s have some new gender stories please

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The stories we tell as humans are what sets us apart from every other species on the planet. Yet we fear changing our stories. We mindlessly ignore the influence of nurture on our social and intellectual development. We conservatively defer to nature as being statically right, rather than embracing the wonder of human nature: that we can change what nature creates for us because we have the awareness, understanding, technology and will to do so.

Changing our stories is what allows us to evolve. Our gender stories are the most basic and fundamental of all. Until we can change those, how on earth will we change the more complex stories of our diversity?

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