The saying I grew up with was actually, “nice guys finish last.” But this is everyone’s journey – let’s be inclusive. The phrase became a cliché because it has a lot of truth to it. Those that treat others with thoughtfulness and compassion in a cutthroat competition often fall victim to the ruthless conquerors, cheaters, and manipulators. History and experience both provide ample examples.
Kindness, while revered in relationships and humanity, humbly takes a back seat in fierce competition. Until we hit a rough patch, a crisis, then the sentiment turns, and the good humans are relied upon to recalibrate and steady the course. Kindness and compassion are dependable strengths.
We find ourselves in an extreme time of challenge, and as before, we witness the power of love for other humans triumph in a time of great need.
We see the small acts and great feats of compassion, care, and kindness, and we celebrate. We marvel and respect the quiet character becoming a superpower.
Convinced that good has overcome evil, that the mountain of evidence compiled in the time of need will have turned the tide and awakened the dawn of a new era, the humble and kind quietly recede. Returning to the familiar and constant pattern; as always, believing a lasting shift has occurred, knowing this is how things should be, and they go about daily life.
Not defeated. Knocked down but not out, the status quo patiently lies in the weeds. Awaiting the opportunity for resurgence, the passing of crisis and need, the recalibration, so once again they can emerge and tip the scales in their favor. This is the dance of time.
Not this time. Let’s make this the last time. The transformation to a better future is not over. This time, we recognize and stand united, with resolve – We have just begun.
The voices we need for our future are the voices and acts and feats we see leading the way through difficulty. Those that can rally the many under extreme conditions through purpose and belief. This is true strength.
The shadow of our poorly led past is not gone, it has simply been hidden in the clouds of crisis. When the storm passes and the shadow reappears, we will be ready. We will be united. Ready to expand the goodness of the new era. Creating room for many more to explore and discover, offering support, encouragement, and strength, the numbers will grow, the power will shift. Change will last.
We will hold space for others to join and offer the helping hand of enlightenment to the heritage-hugging, purveyors of the broken current-state models. They are welcome, as are all who believe we can do better. Better for our people, better for our communities, better for our companies. We will continue to raise the voices of true strength – the compassionate, empathetic, and the caring.
We will envision and create the path to the future we envision, led by the best of us. Those that have the capacity to carry the wellbeing of others as a privilege, not a burden.
We will see our way through this challenge and this time, we will not recede.
We must remain focused. Intentional. Be resilient through unity, learning, inclusion, and growth.
Let’s change the cliché’. Let’s change the game.