Today is a big day for the United States. Some are happy, some are not. Some feel empowered, some do not. Some will handle today with grace, and some will not.
Open for Service's core focus is to grow our network to help people who may feel marginalized or unsafe find businesses, organizations, resources, and hope through our directory.
I built this initiative because this can exist no matter what happens in our legislature, (I hope). Because we are growing so fast, we could potentially mimic the protections that are so needed for minorities in this country. I believe we can and will be ready if that time comes.
Over the past year, I have come to realize that the directory is integral for this goal - but I also know that we have opportunities ahead to do more for the "bigger picture". This includes education, new connectivity, and a belief in the positive & proactive. We have some new partnerships to announce soon as well as a few introductions to Board Members that are going to do some amazing things this year. I can't wait to tell you more!
Back to today. We as humans have an opportunity to act. If possible - be the example of what you want to see in the world moving ahead. Be kind to everyone. Go out of your way today to support others. If someone believes differently than you - show them what it means to believe in our differences and start a healthy, positive conversation - learn about why they may feel differently.
A really awesome friend of mine, (Ryan Larcom), posted a great MLK quote that has inspired me to push past my limits to do better and do more. The quote says"
"People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they on't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other." - Martin Luther King Jr.
So today, I'm choosing to offer support to all. I've relaunched weloveyouhere.org and I would like you to tell us what you're going to be doing today to be kind - to others and to yourself. I want to know what you'll be doing that will make a positive difference for all. We'll post what you are doing on our social media to give others ideas on ways that they can redirect any energy towards a better future.
A great example comes from another amazing friend David. His plan:
We'll be keeping it positive today on our posts - and focusing on how Open for Service can be a better support to you. As always, email me if you need anything - firstname.lastname@example.org
You're not alone. And we love you here.
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