Gentle Action In Challenging Times

While our world has changed drastically over the last few weeks, we have been amazed at the creativity, resourcefulness and community leadership that has been emerging from everywhere, and especially from young people. We’re reminded that big complex changes like the ones we are facing need small frequent influences over time, and we’re all called to find our strengths and potential to contribute to our communities. Once again, we are seeing that it is many small actions, by many ordinary people that will make the largest difference. These gentle action principles are the basis of our work.

As we’re all waiting patiently and hopefully for little signs of progress, we’re being pushed to be flexible and adapt our plans or try things even when we’re uncertain. Whether its adapting to remote work and studying, learning how to shop differently, or dealing with a new economic reality, the changes we take on, not only influence our own well-being, but those around us, in ever growing numbers.

One thing that is becoming apparent through it all, is that despite being physically separated, bridging is more important than ever. Connecting with and valuing the perspectives of those who are different than us, is work that we must all do even more intentionally when we are separated, and times are tough. It is those connections that drive our ability to care for and work towards the best possible outcomes for everyone. They allow us to move through fear, with courage, optimism and hope. They push us to consider new ideas and expand our spheres of influence.

With so many physical distancing measures, we know that bridging is harder than ever, but its not impossible. From online communication platforms, to creative community initiatives, we’re all being called to think about different ways of being connected. As we navigate forward this new reality for ever increasing time frames, we encourage you to think not only about how you are connecting, but also with who. How do we listen to those who are in different places, spaces, and realities than our own? How do we connect and build empathy, compassion, and shared understanding that makes our collective responses stronger?