The new year is almost upon us!!!
HOW EXCITING!!! 🌟
And, with a new year comes a NEW CYCLE.
This new cycle could begin for us at ANYTIME but because January 1st happens to be the “sexiest” time of year to make needed changes, let’s go with it... 😉
Since we’re in full review of how we choose to lead our lives along with overall TRANSFORMATION in general, it may also be a good time to give thought to the various networks influencing us (including SOI’s, communities, political parties, institutions etc).
Let’s consider TRANSFORMATION on all levels for a minute here!!!
INCLUDING the SOCIAL kind...
Generally speaking, when it comes to the consideration of what is “good and right” for us moving into the new year, my vote is to use ETHICS (over law) as a guiding force.
Well because leadership should encompass a healthy dose of REALISM and INTEGRITY, that’s why!!! And I’m not sure that law always does.
Consider it for a minute here...
What MEANING does “LAW” carry anyways?
Who does it (truly) serve to protect?
What is its higher PURPOSE?
Have we outgrown it (or parts of it)?
Where does it originate from?
Does it truly PROTECT THE PEOPLE (or politics)?
Think about rules/laws of the past...
Consider the challenges that were necessary to overcome in order to replace them with ETHICS!!!
[See Rosa Parks except below 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻]
When we look at the “mistakes” of leadership from the past, wouldn’t we be wise NOT to accept anything at face value?
Haven’t we learned that just because something “is” doesn’t mean it should be?
Does healthy evolution (& revolution) teach us to question EVERYTHING?
The WISEST and most transformational leaders of the past NEVER, EVER accepted “law” simply for the sake of it!
In fact, the very BEST leaders have taught us through example that what we really need to get good at as leaders is the ability to QUESTION ETHICS and consider PURPOSE!!!
Leaders should ask “Is this truly FOR THE PEOPLE?”
[EXCERPT : THE HENRY FORD]
Topic: Sparking a Social Transformation
It’s one of the most famous moments in modern American civil rights history: On the chilly evening of December 1, 1955, on a busy street in the capital of Alabama, a 42-year-old seamstress boarded a segregated city bus to return home after a long day of work, taking a seat near the middle, just behind the front “white” section. At the next stop, more passengers got on. When every seat in the white section was taken, the bus driver ordered the black passengers in the middle row to stand so a white man could sit. The seamstress refused.
Rosa Parks was arrested and convicted of violating the laws of segregation. She was tried on Monday, December 5, and convicted of disorderly conduct under a state statute and fined $10 plus $4 in court costs. E.D. Nixon, friend, supporter, and former president of the Montgomery NAACP chapter, asked if she would let the NAACP use her case to fight segregation. She agreed. Mrs. Parks appealed her conviction and thus formally challenged the legality of segregation. Both knew the risks: harassment, lynching, losing her job.
When you decide who and what to support moving into the new year, along with what influence you’ll ALLOW others to have on you, be sure to give serious thought to ETHICS and PURPOSE.
XO Lauren 🤍