On January 20th, 2018 thousands of people, from cities around the world, emerged onto the streets to raise their collective voice. We stood in support of women’s rights, equity, inclusion, and for humanity. We marched not against someone, but for something; we marched for the betterment of our lives, our families, our friends, and our communities. We demonstrated to give voice to thousands who have been silenced throughout the years.
Every generation has been confronted with challenges that tested the human condition, and out of that turmoil, leaders emerged to help guide us through. These leaders were ordinary people who came from all walks of life and social-economic upbringing, who only became great because of their willingness to step forward and TAKE ACTION. It was their willingness to DARE. They desired to DREAM. Each and every one of us can lead, and it all begins with getting off the couch.
When thinking of great leaders which names come to mind? For me, I think of Susan B. Anthony, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman. Take any one of the many beautiful examples throughout our history, and you will discover each with unique stories and abilities that when put to use changed our world. Because they chose to make an effort these women were in action.
The Ultimate Black Belt Test 2018 gives us a unique opportunity to take the steps necessary to become great leaders. We have the space to create a sphere of influence that will resonate amongst our peers and motivate them to step forward. KJN Tom Callos has coined the term Out of the Dojo into the World. This is what we must do. It doesn’t matter how or where it just matters that we do. I have read many opinions through posts on social media sites that suggested that we refrain from speaking out about issues of the day. Especially when it concerns our government. As leaders, it is our role to challenge people to become successful humans who eventually eclipse us in all ways. We must be mindful of the challenges our world faces, and we must confront them while ensuring that we pass on the correct tools to guide those who follow. What we can only hope for is people modeling themselves after our cause seeking to act as the torchbearers of our ideas. Leadership is merely, just daring to create an action and organizing people to achieve those results.
What are some actions you can take today? What role can you step into to lead change? How can you be the change you seek? For me, I have decided that I will work within the community and seek out ways that I can be of service. I realize that my involvement requires more time and effort. However, I am taking some actionable steps; demonstrating, organizing, volunteering, and collaborating. I am pursuing a goal to learn more about Urban planning, and I am moving forward towards serving my City’s youth. What is your call to action? What will you do to step away from your couch and lead? As Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “the time is always right to do the right thing.” This is our time.