My 1000 Small Steps – November 20, 2020

Posted on: November 20th, 2020 by Kathie England | Time for Success 1 Comment

The Power of Small Steps

by Kathie England

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election inspired me to launch the project My 1000 Small Steps, so the results of the presidential election on November 3, 2020 would not leave me and millions of other Americans with the same feelings of disbelief, despair, and doom we experienced in 2016.

Although we didn’t learn the results of the 2020 election until November 7, the power of millions of small steps prevailed. One example of the collective power of small steps was the work of Vote Forward and Swing Left.

  • Citizens raised more than $25 million for candidates and civic organizations in key states
  • Volunteers made more than 7.8 million phone calls to voters in battleground states
  • And we wrote more than 18.9 million letters to voters in key states

But when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take office on January 20, 2021, our work will not be over!

Let us remember the words of the late John Lewis as we renew our commitment to create the country we know it can be.

“I never ever thought about giving up….Each one of us has the ability to resist, not to be quiet. We have to be brave. We have to be bold. And sometimes we have to fight some of the old battles over and over again for the next generation. You too can make a contribution, and you must.”

Each letter I wrote for Vote Forward shared the words of Lewis: “The vote is the most powerful non-violent tool we have to preserve our democracy!”

Let us continue to take small steps that will preserve our democracy!

My 1000 Small Steps – October 20, 2020

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Embracing Uncertainty

by Kathie England

Election Day, November 3, 2020, is exactly two weeks from the date of this post!

Can we embrace this day with hope?

“Hope is an embrace of the unknown!” That’s the perspective of Rebecca Solnit, a feminist writer whose words seem so appropriate today. She says that though we are living through times of unprecedented change, in uncertainty lies the power to influence the future. This is not the time for despair. It is a time to act. With two weeks remaining, what actions can we take now that our future-self will be grateful we took today?

What is the future?

Sonja Renee Taylor, poet and author, offered a vision of the future back in April as we were just beginning to embrace the uncertainty of the pandemic.

“We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.”*

Let us embrace the uncertainty of the future with hope – hope that we will not go back to normal. Hope that together we will stitch a new garment! Hope that the many small steps we are taking is moving us closer to the vision and dreams of what is possible – hope that the new garment we are stitching will fit all of humanity and nature!

What is possible if we embrace uncertainty with action?

 

*These words of Sonja Renee Taylor have been wrongly attributed to Brené Brown who has worked diligently to give credit to the author.

My 1000 Small Steps – September 20, 2020

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In Memoriam

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

1933-2020

by Kathie England

“She changed the world for American women.”

Those were the words Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent for NPR, used to begin her tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the morning after her death. Few people have had greater impact on the lives of so many than Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

That Ginsberg’s death fell on the day beginning Rosh Hashanah adds even more poignancy and irony to this holy period that is a time for reflection and introspection. Scott Simon, NPR’s host of Weekend Edition, suggested that the sounding of the Shofar in this troubled year should be a call for fairness and kindness.

One of Ginsberg’s most famous quotes echoes the purpose of My 1000 Small Steps project which I launched following the disastrous presidential election in 2016. Ginsberg said: “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”

As November 3 draws ever closer, I invite readers to look at steps they can take before Election Day. Here are two possibilities: Vote Forward and Vote Save America.

  • Vote Forward (www.votefwd.org) volunteers send heartfelt handwritten letters to low-propensity voters in battleground states encouraging them to participate in our democracy.
  • Vote Save America (www.votesaveamerica.com) offers a variety of opportunities to take action in this year’s election.

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” I hope these words of Ruth Bader Ginsberg inspire you to take steps to fight for the things you care about, the national election on November 3, 2020.

I conclude this month’s post with the eloquent words of John Lewis, another civil rights icon we lost this year:

“The vote is the most powerful non-violent tool we have to preserve our democracy!”

Honor the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and John Lewis. Get involved in whatever way is possible for you to help preserve our democracy!

My 1000 Small Steps – August 20, 2020

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The Vote

by Kathie England

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

These are the words of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

This year marks the 100th commemoration of this amendment. After a long and arduous fight, the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920 and certified on August 26, 1920.

“Women weren’t given the vote! They took it!” The history of the fight to add this amendment to the Constitution is chronicled in a powerful film titled The Vote which aired on American Experience on Public Television. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/vote/

The 19th Amendment’s Centennial is commemorated by National Archives events that are streaming live throughout August.https://www.archivesfoundation.org/women/?gclid=CjwKCAjwj975BRBUEiwA4whRBx79l8kckcYqwV8ab01sfAmNESrBKiO_OAA7XkotEomDuwb6nY7hDxoCoUYQAvD_BwE

 Few words more eloquently explain the importance of the vote than those by the late John Lewis:

“The vote is the most powerful tool we have to preserve our democracy!”

As November 3 draws close, what steps can we each take to make sure every citizen of the United States uses this most powerful tool to preserve our democracy?

 

My 1000 Small Steps – July 20, 2020

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Changing the Narrative

by Kathie England

This month’s post is dedicated to the memory of John Lewis, the civil rights hero who died on July 17, 2020. Few people have more powerfully changed their narrative than John Lewis.

Prior to Lewis’s death, I had already selected the topic for this month, Changing the Narrative. I selected this topic after reading Dare to Lead by Brené Brown, in a coaching class I just completed.

Changing the narrative is an empowering concept. Brown says, “When we own a story and the emotion that fuels it, we get to simultaneously acknowledge that something was hard while taking control of how that hard thing is going to end.” (page 268)

Brown shares how Melinda Gates changed her narrative.

“For the longest time, the story I was making up was, That expert is ignoring me or condescending to me because I’m not Bill.”

“What I now believe is, I know just the right amount: enough to ask good questions, and not so much as to be distracted by minute details.” (page 266)

This story especially resonated with me because I recently read The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates. This is the inspiring journey of a woman truly finding her voice, changing her narrative and the world with the work she and Bill do through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

As I listened to the tributes to John Lewis, a hero who never stopped fighting for his beliefs and living his values, I decided to share some of his words that I hope will inspire all of us, especially during this pandemic year of incredible challenges. And as we draw ever-closer to election day on November 3.

“What did you do?”

“Where do you stand?”

“If not us, who?”

“If not now, when?”

What small step can we each take to change our own narrative? What small step can we take to change the narrative of this nation?