I don't know about you but, to me, the world doesn't feel very safe at the moment. In fact, it feels pretty bloody scary right now.
Maybe 'safe' isn't the right word — in Be. Leadership, Lesley and I ban a few words and 'safe' is one of them, because you can't develop and change if you need to feel safe all the time. And living in fear is a miserable existence.
It's ironic that a week after Trump gets voted as US president, NZ has another significant earthquake.
This is a quick post, just to make the point that anything you read, hear or watch, saying the world is ok — it's lies.
Conflict — it's easy to avoid. In fact, we often do anything we can to avoid it (well, I do). Often that means not doing anything.
Within the last 24 hours I was involved in a conflict situation with a colleague. I won't go into the detail — it's irrevelent. But the process the two of us went through — an action, a reaction by me that created conflict and then a conversation to come to a resolution — reminded me that, even though it is acutely uncomfortable, when handled constructively, conflict can have truly positive outcome.
Wonder Woman has been appointed by the United Nations as the honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. And people, particularly women, are outraged.
I'm not particularly impressed, but I'm not particularly surprised. I mean, the decision seems no less effective than the rest of what the UN purports to do.
Recently a third year student at the University of Winchester studying Theatre Production (Arts & Stage Management) contacted me. Her focal topic is looking at "able bodied performers portraying disabled [people] and how we, as participants in the arts industry, feel about it."
She sent me some questions and here's how I responded:
This afternoon I presented to the Parliamentary Health Select Committee about my submission on Hon Maryan Street’s petition about voluntary euthanasia (or assisted dying). Imagine my delight when I saw, sitting in the sub-committee to which I was to present, Hon Simon O'Connor, the Committee's Chair, and Poto Williams, Labour's spokesperson on disability issues, whom I have met several times. Score!
I began by acknowledging the death this morning of Helen Kelly who, in her struggle with cancer, lobbied for legalisation of both medical cannabis use and assisted dying (AD). Helen, if you're reading this somewhere and you had anything to do with the sub-committee make-up, many, many thanks.
Last week I blogged about my purpose. I said I felt purposeless, and wondered if being purposeless was, in fact, my purpose for now.
I've changed my mind. I wonder if surrendering my purpose was part of rediscovering it. I also wonder if my parents bringing a whole lot of newspaper clipping from when I was born has helped me remember.
Last night I had the privilege to host a conversation evening facilitated by Sue Davidoff and Allan Kaplan of the Proteus Initiative. I've blogged about a couple of retreats I've done with them and I wanted to do another next week but couldn't make it because of work and my support needs.
So I invited 15 others who have also worked with Allan and Sue to my place for a shared meal and conversation. I shared the issue I wanted to explore:
John Key has just announced an "overhaul of the family violence prevention system."
If it was a Labour government I'd be thinking, "About time." Under National, though, I fear it may be an exercise in bullying families in low socio-economic circumstances, rather than looking at the systemic oppression that often contributes to family violence.
I love this campaign. It speaks to the heart of an issue of fundamental importance: how do we create a strong, robust future society. Our children are that future. I submitted this to the #DearNewZealand website today.
I would solve child poverty by creating a culture where every kid has what they need, for free. Shelter, clothes, food, learning environments, safety and love. All these things should be provided for free by the Government.