After a long hiatus this summer, I relaunched my long-running podcast yesterday. I’ve amended the format and focus a little to steer into the things that I like about it – and more importantly, the things I think that you like about it too.
If you want a more detailed explanation of why I took a break, it’s here in this episode: Closing Up Shop (Episode 175). But in short, it just felt like it was not that important to hear from me in this moment. That may still be true. There are critical conversations happening right now around racial justice and much-needed social change, the escalating climate emergency, and oh yeah… a pandemic that continues to rage unabated because of failed national “leadership” coupled with our culture of selfishness.
My first goal is to not get in the way of those conversations. My voice is not necessary right now. I should be doing more listening than talking. I’m trying to do that. At the same time, what good is having a platform without using it to assist and amplify the voices we should be listening to right now?
I’ve been learning a lot lately – and it’s taken a lot of unlearning as well. Our culture carries water for a lot of cancerous concepts. Many of them are hiding in plain sight, unnoticed simply because 1) they’ve always been there, and 2) privilege is a blind spot.
I’m not here to debate this, I’m here to help. Here’s the thing: The culture is ours. We get to create it. Yes, there are well-moneyed foes and powerful forces against us. But in our best moments, we stand together and sing in tune. Our voices form a chorus of change.
I don’t have to be the leader of that change, and you don’t either (though if you are, I’m here to cheer you on). But we do need to participate. It starts with small actions that become habit. Small actions multiply.
What I hope is that this podcast will become a series of small actions. I don’t purport to have any of the answers. But we have little chance if we don’t have the hard conversations that lead to asking the right questions.
More to come – I hope you will join me on this journey.