Happy #MotivationalMonday (06/01/20) #Empathy
It has been a rough week for our country. It truly broke my heart watching George Floyd be murdered in broad daylight by people who are payed to protect those in the community. It is also heartbreaking to see people and cities destroyed in the aftermath of Mr. Floyd’s death. I usually stay away from political posts and I do not want this post to be taken as a political side our foundation is taking, but rather addressing issues that have been going on too long in America. How do we move FORWARD from here?
As a parent, husband, father, teacher, coach, and non-profit leader, most issues I encounter come from a lack of RESPECT and EMPATHY for each other, especially when that disrespect happens to people who are not the same color. I realize we all might not agree with each other all the time, BUT we must be willing to respect each other and empathize with each other’s struggles. Too often we dismiss it and go back to our daily lives. I believe this is one reason why we are still fighting these issues in 2020. We must be willing to speak up for injustices and properly educate those we have an impact on.
In lieu of these events, I have and will continue to have REAL conversations with my sons regarding RESPECT and EMPATHY for others. This is something my father and mother passed on to me and something I really try to exhibit everyday in my classroom. Years ago, my parents took a hard stand when someone questioned them about letting my good friend (an African American) stay the night in the early 90’s. My father did not hesitate to stand up for what is right and quickly explained how our family operates. As a white male, I will never be able to comprehend the daily struggles that my friend must have faced beyond this one situation. But what I can do is be like my parents and stand up for what is right and instill these same values and principles in our sons and others I have an influence on; to stand up for others, to be respectful, to have empathy, to show compassion, and to value others no matter the differences there may be. If more families are willing to do this we can make a change.
We as a community we must be willing to sit down and listen to others, to empathize with the struggles others face, and to stand up for what is right. Words alone are not enough, we must be exhibiting our words through our daily actions.
David Bultema - Founder & Executive Director
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