The part of Bryans message that resonated with me was to get close to the people that you are helping. This stood out to me because I think when you get to know someone on a more personal level it can actually make you want to help them even more. Also, getting to know the people who are helping can show them that you really care about the work that you're doing.
I agree! It is so important to be able to empathize and relate to people in order to help them and yourself.
I agree, there's something too about building community over the normal barriers of race and class. I think these bridges would go a long way to creating lasting solutions to some of society's long-term issues.
that's so true, I didn't even think about the relationships between those that you are helping and yourself. developing trust is important, they should be able to trust your intentions are good
Do you have a personal or a strong relationship with any of the people you have volunteered with? If so how has this impacted your volunteer experience?
The thing that stuck with me the most, although it was the shortest part of his speech, was hope. He mentioned that one the most important things in changing the world or fighting for justice is staying hopeful. I think that is something that people often forget in today's climate, which I understand, but it is important to stay positive while fighting the negative. If you watch the news or look at the current government it can be hard to stay hopeful for the future but it is important to search for the progress that has been made and build off of that positivity.
remaining hopeful is something we often forget in today's climate, but I really appreciate your view that we need to search for the progress that's been made and continue to build off of it. very insightful
The part about changing the narrative resonates with me the most. I think it resinates with me the most because as social media and its impact continues to grow so does our ability to take in more information at a time. Being able to accurately relay and describe information and events to people definitely affects the way they view a situation, as does who they hear things from. Our country has been ruled by false narratives for so long and without changing them I don't think that we can moe forward.
The part about 'false narratives' everywhere is interesting, I hadn't thought about that and typically thought about changing narratives as adjusting what there currently rather than also working to debunk lies and false statements.
The part of his message that resonates with me the most is his message about being willing to do the things that seem uncomfortable. Nothing that ever got accomplished happened without there being some type of uneasiness, and it is important to note that being uncomfortable isn't a bad thing. I think that people tend to have the notion that you are doing something wrong if you feel uncomfortable, but part of finding success in an area is working through the discomfort and eventually becoming more comfortable. In order to change the world, working through the discomfort is a must.
So true! If we don't change things in our lives that we may be used to or that we have known for so long then nothing is going to change so adapting to change, which is often uncomfortable, is part of life and progress.
Bryan Stevenson's idea of getting proximate to the people you're trying to help resonates with me. I like getting close to and befriending people that I want to help and having a deeper connection with them. To me, it's important to not just know them and treat them like you would a friend, it's important to have a deep relationship with them and understand what their needs and wants are. That way, you can better understand how to help them and you feel you have an obligation to help them, not just because they need help but also because they're your friend. It's hard to do this with everyone if you're trying to help a large group of people, but I think it's good to have this sort of relationship with at least a few people.
For me, the part about being 'willing to do uncomfortable things' resonates with me most because it seems like the first step into many things, regardless of whether we are changing the world. It's definitely something that I have trouble with and I feel like being able to take risks, leap into the unknown, and be willing to be uncomfortable opens many doors for opportunities. Things like 'getting proximate to those who are suffering' and 'changing the narrative' might not be possible without being uncomfortable, so that part of his message stood out to me the most.
Yes. I definitely agree with you. I think that leaning into discomfort is important.
I think that being near to those that are suffering is vital because in order to know how to help, and in order to want to help, one must see first-hand what is going on. I think that this goes hand-in-hand with being willing to feel uncomfortable, because being so close to prominent issues can make people feel guilty, or make them want to return to their comfortable lives. If we are closeby, however, there is greater opportunity to help directly, and speak to the people that are actually experiencing the problem.
I agree that people often want to return to the comforts of their own homes and lives. Your view is gr8
I think the part of his message that most resinates with me is with me is "get proximate to those who are suffering" because once you really experience what it's like to be put in difficult situations you'll have a better viewpoint. Trying to help people without getting to know them or have empathy for what they're experiencing isn't really helping it just makes you feel better. Not using judgement when it comes to helping those who are suffering is also super important because if that wall of judgement is still up, it can prevent you from being able to give your full self. Changing the narrative directly plays into this because if we continue to ostricize certain groups of people from society, the suffering will just continue. By changing the narrative AND getting closer to those who are suffering our society could become more of a community and less of an individual thing and from there we can change the world.
I think that the most important thing that has resonated with me from Brian Stevenson's speech is probably the aspect of getting proximate with the people who are suffering. Not only is that one of the most important aspects of interaction that is overlooked but also it is something that is really important to fixing a broken system as well. I think that many politicians and people who are in power try to distance themselves from struggle and personal stories and that has definitely not only resonated with me but also opened up my mind to a very effective and interesting way to approach a problem. Overall, I think that Brian Stevenson is definitely right on this one and I definitely am inspired to get proximate myself. It is similar to leaning in to discomfort in a sense.
I feel like getting proximate and being willing to do uncomfortable things kind of go together. Personally, I find that the temptation to insulate oneself against the ills of society (e.g. staying out of the inner city/"bad" neighborhoods, living in "nice" areas) is so pervasive and that pushing back against this temptation requires a lot of intentionality. And maybe getting proximate doesn't necessarily mean living in a certain area vs others, but it could mean that. At the very least it might mean finding ways to hang out in places that are outside of ones norm. That's definitely uncomfortable but seems to be more productive than dropping in and then dipping...
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