Are you waiting?
Waiting for me or am I waiting for you?
Maybe I should call?
Will you call me?
I should wait.
This series will explore fear and toxicity, first to define those terms, then to show them at work (and all the damage they do), and finally to shed some light on how to kick them to the curb.
It’s easy to ask and answer why we need to end fear and toxicity, and hard to answer how. But it can be done; it just takes an environment that recognizes these human qualities and offers a platform to work through them. And everyone has to be onboard. We need to change the fear-based workplace into the trust-based workplace, and we need to do it sooner rather than later.
My best friend yelled at me last week, a little. She spoke the truth about some of my actions; about my breakneck life pace and some of my recent decisions. I am not mad at her — I expect that from her, and I love her for it. She was angry with me and for me because she is one of the holders of my stories and secrets — a true and trusted friend.
I sit here thinking about those actions and decisions, and I’m angry (at myself).
Our heroes are a reflection of our best selves. We model what we see in all our media, especially in our stories of might, good defeating evil, justice, joy, and even everyday life, where we all work to be the best humans we can be. Superheroes, comics, and tales of our shared history all reflect the full diversity of the human experience. Igniting more conversations, storytelling, and sharing what new developments make us all feel not so alone in the world, driving and inspiring us to be our most authentic selves. I couldn’t be more excited to continue the conversation from last year’s social justice, diversity, intersectionality, and belonging panel with this year’s fantastic group of artists.
As a lover of comic books, graphic novels, artists, superheroes movies and TV series I’m giddy about being involved with this project. Who hasn’t spun around like Wonder Woman as a young girl or maybe, um, yesterday? To see her and so many other brilliant superheroes in print, in cool TV series and on the big screen bringing justice to the world makes my heart sing.
Thrilled to announce that I’m moderating my first education/how to panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an amazing group of panelists.
Toxicity, harassment and bullying have no place in our world, by anyone, anywhere at any time. Our world continues to change, evolve and grow. How we behave matters, “just because that’s the way it has always been” doesn’t work anymore. How we all show up every day, how companies show up is important and something that we as consumers consider when we buy and something I deeply contemplate as a marketer and a human.
My latest observations of the human animal have lead me to some conclusions….
What we do for love is vast and epic. And not always right.
So much of life hinges on appearances and worries about what others will think, about situations we get ourselves into where we have to hide our love and affection for one another.
Love in secret or love now given and later taken away. What’s public, what’s private, and who decides? Especially when we bring in social and cyber etiquette and integrity regarding relationships into the mix. Which affects us deeply whether we think it does or not. We watch, consume and act on what we see in the ether and tell ourselves stories based on likes, posts and photos of what may or may not be reality. Even when we actually talk to each other we are in most occasions full of fear and afraid.
We fall in love so very easily, but we are also so guarded, often trapped in situations that guarantee someone will inevitably be hurt.
The feeling that you’ve been living in your body a long time, and sometimes you drop in and really feel your feet grounded to the earth. Other times you feel like you are floating, detached, watching yourself, watching your life happen to you with the ebb and flow, the macro and micro-moments. There is the feeling of being comfortable with who you are and what you bring to the table, but wanting to learn more. Being content with what you have earned and been given, and also with what has been removed, either by the universe or your own choice.
Sometime a moment is upon you to settle. To take stock; to do some accounting.