Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’

Updated: Jun 24, 2020




Like the rest of the world, I have been watching from the sidelines with interest, disgust, hate, hurt...feeling entirely helpless!!! I have also stayed relatively silent because I was too afraid to speak out and say something wrong.


Truth is, I have had many sleepless nights, watched and rewatched social media posts, news articles and updates about the violence towards the black African American community and cried several times over. I cannot begin to fathom, understand nor imagine what they are going through and what they have gone through.

I am also not going to sit here and claim I know the entire history leading up to this point because I don’t. I am still educating myself but I wanted to reach out and say that, in times of uncertainty, in crisis, we need to come together and stand up for what is right, to lead with conviction and not fear, to spread kindness not hate, to come from a place of understanding and love, to support, to assist and be there, where and when needed...importantly to listen and learn but to say nothing is to accept no wrong has been done.

For the record, I do not agree with the police brutality and what happened to George Floyd and countless other African Americans or people of colour...it’s just wrong on so many levels - it made me feel physically ill and shook me to my core. I also do not agree with the violence and the looting currently happening in America.


But you know what? I understand the fear, the anger, the hurt and where it’s coming from...it’s years and years of abuse, of peaceful protests and nothing being done. Years of watching the unjust and unfair way society deems and treats their very existence. They feel cheated, robbed and pillaged by that very system...and honestly, I get it.

But what else can be done? What else can we do? How can we help? For me, I am going to start by listening and educating myself. I have started to listen to podcasts, watched countless talks and read many articles from prominent and not so prominent African American leaders, their communities and their people. To see it from their own eyes and experiences.

I have also looked deeply in the mirror and questioned my own beliefs, prejudices and bias especially in Australia and how we treat our own indigenous people. After all, it all starts from within, what is in our hearts, what we feed our thoughts and inevitably, what comes out of our mouths. It all starts at home, with our children, with our friends and our family as they are the ones we immediately influence.

I want to teach our children the value of life, whatever colour shape or size it may come in, that nobody is superior or greater, just different in our own unique special way. I want to teach them not to be afraid of what they do not know but to open their hearts and minds, to listen and learn. I want them to know their rights, their responsibilities, that they can vote, protest, engage with their community or donate to causes to show support. That they can and should advocate and educate. That we all have a voice.

This is how I believe we can make a change. This is how I believe we will evolve. This is how I believe we right wrongs. We must be consistent in the way we think, speak and act. We must be conscious of it and call ourselves out as well as others when we see or hear behaviour that is unbecoming. We must not tolerate, accept or justify actions or behaviours that are inherently discriminatory or racist because I want to be the kind of leader that leads by example even if the only people I am leading are my children.


I have failed several times over because I have been too afraid to speak out but I want to be the kind of leader that stands up and leads in times of crisis and uncertainty. The kind of leader that takes accountability and leads with conviction, humility, passion and kindness. The kind that puts others' needs before their own.


I had hoped to see this in governments and people of great power and influence but instead I see a divided nation on the brink of collapse, a country that is hurting from the unjust and unfair way people are treated simply because of the colour of their skin...it frightens and angers me.


There are those in leadership positions who use it to do good, and then there are others, who use it to remain in power and in control, driven purely by their own selfishness and ego and certainly not doing it for the greater good. It reminds me that leadership is both good and bad, that leadership is a responsibility and not a right and in the coming weeks I am going to touch up on what I believe are the characteristics of a good leader especially how they lead in times of crisis and uncertainty.

But for now, I need to remember that I can only control what I can control and it first starts with me, in my own home because quite frankly I have heard and seen enough and I want to see change. I hope and pray that one day, we would not need to be having these sorts of discussions, debates, blogs or protests. That one day, we can all live in harmony with one another not fearing for our lives just because of the colour of our skin, beliefs, customs or preferences.


Sounds fanciful and impossible but nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’. I am willing and ready to chase the impossible, are you?


- Joana x


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Joana is a natural born leader, strategist, problem solver, business partner & advisor, online business coach, employee & customer experience champion, people & culture advocate, HR leader, home decor & organisation enthusiast and, serious coffee drinker 😜


Her mission is to help startups and small businesses to grow and scale by transforming their employee and customer experience into something unique, exciting and extraordinary with the ultimate aim of creating viable and profitable organisations.

Her vision and mission is to inspire the next generation of servant and transformational leaders with her ultimate aim of changing the world one business and leader at a time - follow her quest and journey here!

 

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