Can you feel it? I’m not talking about this iconic Mr. Fingers house track (give it a listen for a little groove in your day), I’m talking about the cosmic shift that’s been addressed at the beginning of all my Zoom meetings post-inauguration.
Like many of you, I was moved by the transition of power on January 20th. It wasn’t necessarily our new president who stole the show, it was the people he had picked to surround himself with – on the inauguration stage as well as on his team. Biden gave a platform for new voices to have a moment of recognition. I saw the talented poet, Amanda Gorman’s Instagram climb from 125k to 1.5 million followers and her book reach #1 on Amazon. I saw Kamala Harris set her hand on a Bible being held by the nation’s first ever “First Gentleman” and get sworn in as the first woman and woman of color Vice President.
Since the inauguration, I’ve been thinking about how this kind of inclusive ally-ship shows up in more personal and everyday ways.
Last week, a podcast episode of The New Mid was released featuring a conversation with me and Marci Alboher. We call ourselves mentors to each other. I can say with confidence that CIRKEL would not be where it is now without her. At every opportunity she could, Marci has included me along to an event or in the case of the podcast, a speaking opportunity. She advocated for me and CIRKEL to key groups who may otherwise be skeptical to outsiders.
Call it a “mentor,” “sponsor,” or “advocate,” but having someone open the door for you where you didn’t even see a door is priceless.
I read a quote somewhere saying, “True support is advocating for someone when they’re not in the room.” Which rooms do you comfortably sit in, and who needs to be in there too?
It’s OK to have privilege, but how do you acknowledge it? What do you do with it? If you’re a white man on a conference call and you hear a woman get interrupted, do you speak up so she can finish? It’s a small gesture, but it sends a powerful example to others.
In Biden’s case, he’s a white man in his late 70s leading the US population during a time when it is the most racially diverse and age diverse than it has ever been before. He can’t change his privilege, but he can put it to work to advance others, and in turn, advance our collective progress.
I hope we all can enjoy a moment of shift during a time when life can feel a bit monotonous in lockdown. Take a second to think about the rooms you have access to, and who you should bring inside this year.
Stay safe and healthy,
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